Over 20 WCSO officers, including SWAT, respond to hostage situation in Birch Bay


Over 20 law enforcement officers responded to a Birch Bay home after a man allegedly pointed a gun and threatened to kill two people he knew on October 29. The victims were not physically injured.

The man was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail just after midnight October 30 on assault in the first-degree domestic violence and second-degree felony harassment charges. 

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 8600 block of Harbor Drive around 9 p.m. October 29 for a report of a male who pointed a handgun at an individual who was known to him, WCSO spokesperson Deb Slater told The Northern Light in an email. The man also allegedly verbally threatened to kill that individual and another person who was present.

The man refused to exit the residence when WCSO’s Special Response Unit arrived, Slater said. Deputies obtained a search warrant to enter the residence to arrest the man. He then exited the home around 11:20 p.m. and was arrested, transported and booked into jail, Slater said. Deputies evacuated the victims, who had been sheltering in place, when it was safe to do so. 

A total of 22 law enforcement personnel from the SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the scene, Slater said

According to jail records, the man is being held for a first-degree assault charge on $100,000 bail. He also has a separate drunk driving charge.


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