Tag: county parks
By Caleb Hutton
A man suffering from apparent mental health problems was arrested Sunday, Sept. 16, on suspicion of firing a handgun after hours at Samish Park.
Deputies responded to the park at 9 p.m. when they got a report of a gunshot. They arrived to find a blue Hyundai “crammed with stuff” in the upper parking lot, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks.
The gate of the park was closed, so deputies aren’t sure how the 33-year-old Everett man in the car managed to get in, or managed to avoid being detected when the park shut down.
He rambled about Satan and claimed he was God, then said he had a bomb in the car, Parks said. After the rant, deputies didn’t find him very credible, but they weren’t taking any chances and searched the car. Instead of a bomb, they found three meth pipes, some knives and some loaded handguns.
The suspect was booked into Whatcom County Jail on a series of misdemeanor charges: aiming or discharging a firearm, having a loaded pistol in a vehicle, use of drug paraphernalia and second-degree criminal trespassing. Parks expects he’ll be evaluated by a mental health professional.