A Bellingham Police officer and a Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputy shot a California man who fired a crossbow at them near Arroyo Park last December. .
According to a news release from Bellingham PD, Bellingham officers responded to Arroyo Park, where people reported a man threatening them with a machete.
Officers arrived to investigate and called for a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office K-9 to assist. As officers and the K-9 approached the suspect, police said he fired a crossbow directly at them.
A Bellingham officer and a Whatcom deputy returned fire, striking the suspect.
The suspect is a 46-year-old California man who was treated at the scene and then taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Although police released his name, Q13 does not typically name suspects until they are formally charged with a crime.
No residents or officers were injured during the exchange.
The officers involved in the shooting have been re-assigned per each agency’s policy.