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UPDATED: Law enforcement converge on retail business after reports of shots fired

Scene after a glass window at a retail store was broken by someone throwing a rock (July 18, 2022). Photo: Whatcom News

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — According to emergency radio broadcasts, first responders converged on a retail business in the 1200 block of W Bakerview Road about 3:30pm on Monday, July 18th, after What-Comm 911 call receivers had received multiple reports of at least 1 shooting victim.

Further investigation by Bellingham Police Department (BPD) officers at the scene found no shooting victims or indications of shots fired. But someone had thrown a rock or rocks through glass windows by an entrance and some people had been hit by broken glass.

The suspect or suspects were thought to have left the scene in a vehicle.

Bellingham Fire Department aid crews also responded. Initial reports were that there were no serious injuries.

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Update: Ethan Pierre Colson, age 21, was suspected of having thrown rocks at the front windows in retaliation for denial of service. He was arrested later that night after reportedly stealing from another retail business and leading BPD officers on a short pursuit.

Colson was booked into Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of the following crimes.

  • eluding a police vehicle
  • 2 counts of 2nd degree malicious mischief
  • 3rd degree theft

Jail records indicated that as of July 19th Colson was in custody in Island County Jail where he was awaiting trial on other charges.


  1. Carrie O' July 18, 2022

    It’s really becoming more and more dangerous in Bellingham. I wonder why?????

  2. Dennis July 19, 2022

    I talked to a LEO at the scene, and he said that someone had been confronted about shoplifting, was evidently displeased with this and retaliated by throwing a rock through the front window.

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