BLAINE, Wash. — Whatcom County readers reported a law enforcement presence and a temporary closure of a section of James Street in Bellingham during the afternoon of Tuesday, June 27th. From information provided by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), that appears to have been associated with serving an arrest warrant.
WCSO Spokesperson Deb Slater told Whatcom News that deputies responded to a residence in the Birch Bay area about 12:30am on June 21st due to a report of a subject with a weapon. It was reported the subject had fired a gun and was trying to shoot a person who was known to him.
Deputies learn the subject, identified as Dillon McKinley Wilson, age 32 and of Blaine, had fled the scene before they arrived.
A victim told deputies Wilson had been angry and verbally threatening so they locked themselves in a room to get away from him. Wilson then reportedly shot a handgun at the door’s lock, kicked in the door, yelled at the victim and then left the residence.
Another victim saw Wilson holding the gun. Wilson reportedly threatened to shoot the second victim and then forcibly took their phone while armed with a gun.
Slater said that Wilson was located in the area of the 2800 block of James Street in Bellingham on June 27th and taken into custody without incident. According to the WCSO activity log, the warrant was served about 2:45pm.
According to jail records, Wilson was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail just before 4pm on June 27th.
Wilson now faces the following felony charges in Whatcom County Superior Court stemming from the June 21st incident.
- 1st-degree assault with a deadly weapon
- 1st-degree robbery
- residential burglary
- 2nd-degree unlawful possession of a firearm
Wilson has prior felony convictions that include harassment, assault, tampering with a witness and as a result is unable to legally possess a firearm.
Wilson was also arrested on active bench warrants resulting being found in contempt of court in 4 civil cases dating back to 2008 and 2019 in Whatcom County Superior Court.
At the time of his arrest, Wilson was out of custody after posting a $10,000 and a $50,000 bond while awaiting trial in 2 separate cases in Whatcom County Superior Court. He faces 13 charges of felony burglary in a case that stems from a 2021 burglary at a storage facility in Blaine followed by an attempt to elude police vehicles. In the other case, he faces a 1st-degree robbery charge stemming from a 2020 incident where Wilson is accused of severely beating a victim and then taking car audio equipment valued at $400 from the victim’s car.