Mother convicted of buying guns for son who was killed in shootout

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- A northern Washington state woman has been found guilty of providing guns for her son, who died a shootout with Whatcom County sheriff's deputies two years ago.

The Bellingham Herald reports 64-year-old Jeanne Tinker-Smith, of Deming, was convicted Friday of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm.

Her 37-year-old son, Cecil Tinker-Smith, was killed in November 2014 after a standoff with a SWAT team.

Court records say Cecil Tinker-Smith fired a shotgun, leaving one deputy with a shrapnel wound to the face, and was killed when authorities returned fire.

Prosecutors had accused Jeanne Tinker-Smith of buying the guns for her son in the months before the standoff.

But her attorneys said she joined a skeet shooting club and had bought the guns for her protection.