Tag: shots fired
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.
By Caleb Hutton
Via scanner traffic:
12:40 p.m.: Six people passing beverages around (caller thinks it’s beer) in a northbound vehicle on Interstate 5.
2:13 p.m.: Drunk man being a nuisance at kids’ event put on by the city at the Fairhaven Village Green.
2:14 p.m.: “Just so you know,” officer says over radio, “you have most of the local bandits in the Everson bar.”
2:55 p.m.: Western Washington University Police looking for 11-year-old boy who didn’t meet up on campus as planned. Didn’t hear resolution.
4:02 p.m.: At least six calls about 1.5-foot-by-1.5-foot fire on I-5. “This was about the size of a cooking pot,” firefighter says.
5:05 p.m.: Couple walking in Whatcom Falls Park, near St. Clair Street, heard six shots fired. Boyfriend is in the military and said it sounded like a .22-caliber gun. Police canvassed the area and talked to “a lot” of people. A couple bikers were the only ones who said they’re heard some popping noises.
5:18 p.m.: Transient sleeping under a “blue blankie” near the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest Street.
5:19 p.m.: Motorcycle fire on side of I-5 near Sunset Drive (milepost 255).
6 p.m.-ish: Diabetic 43-year-old man vomiting blood. Unexplained facial swelling, bleeding from the face. Taken to St. Joseph hospital by ambulance.
Also at 6 p.m.-ish: Man tells employee at Bellingham business, “Do you really want gunfire in here today?” Last seen running toward Peoples Bank. Not sure which Peoples Bank.
7:38 p.m.: “Female rolling around” on the roadside of Lakeway Drive, near I-5.
Plus a couple of drunk in public citations at Maritime Heritage Park. And a few fires, almost all of them extremely small, scattered around the county.