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Detectives allegedly found a half pound of suspected methamphetamine in a car driven Codie Burley, who was arrested on warrants, according to court documents.

Whidbey man wanted in shooting, other crimes, arrested by task force

A 24-year-old Coupeville man wanted on felony warrants in several cases.

A 24-year-old Coupeville man wanted on felony warrants in several cases, including an alleged shooting, was arrested by the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force March 12 after he spent a few weeks on the lam, according to court documents and police reports.

Detectives obtained a warrant to search his car and found a Glock 9mm pistol, a Jennings 9mm pistol and over half a pound of suspected methamphetamine, along with a scale and packaging material, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Codie Burley appeared in Island County Superior Court Monday. Judge Carolyn Cliff maintained bail in the three cases against him at $250,000, $100,000 and $25,000.

The most serious of the cases involved a Feb. 16 incident at a Greenbank residence in which Burley was accused of firing a semiautomatic rifle during an altercation; nobody was injured, according to court documents.

A report by a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office states that the resident of the house and his friend arrived home to find an estranged girlfriend’s car in the driveway.

Burley had ridden over in the woman’s car but had exited it before the resident arrived.

The resident used his car to block other the vehicle in the driveway. The woman later told a deputy that her estranged boyfriend started slashing her tires so she drove into the ditch to get around his car, the report states.

According to a deputy’s report, a surveillance video shows that Burley walked out of the woods armed with a rifle; a man jumped out of the resident’s car and started wrestling with him over the gun, the report states.

Burley was able to get to his feet and started running away, but turned and fired a single shot, the report states. A deputy later found a shell casing on the ground.

Burley was gone before deputies arrived, but Judge Christon Skinner later approved a $250,000 warrant for his arrest.

Prosecutors charged Burley with two counts of assault in the first degree, drive-by shooting, unlawful possession of a firearm and violation of a court order. Under the state statute, the discharge of a firearm can be considered a “drive-by shooting” if a shooter fires from within a car or the immediate area of a car used to transport the shooter or firearm to the scene.

In a separate incident on Feb. 10, Burley is accused of giving a police officer a fake name and then speeding away, forcing an officer to jump out of the way, according to the police report.

Prosecutors charged him in that case with assault in the second degree, criminal impersonation and reckless driving.

Last November, an Oak Harbor police officer chased a silver Audi through Oak Harbor; the Audi, allegedly driven by Burley, traveled through residential neighborhoods at a high rate of speed and blew through intersections, the officer report states.

After the Audi turned down a dead-end street, Burley allegedly jumped out of the moving car, leaving his passenger behind, the report indicates.

Prosecutors charged him with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and reckless endangerment.

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