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Police respond to report of self-inflicted gunshot wound at Bellingham sporting goods store

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham Police Department (BPD) officers and Bellingham Fire Department aid personnel were dispatched about 7pm on Friday, August 5th, due to a report of self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Meridian Street sporting goods store.

According to first responder radio transmissions at the time, the incident occurred inside the business in the 4200 block of Meridian Street.

BPD Deputy Chief Don Almer told Whatcom News via email Saturday morning that, to his knowledge, the victim was being treated at PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center. No other persons inside the store were injured or placed in physical danger from the incident.

Support Officers Community Care of Whatcom County responded and provided their specialized training to assist anyone impacted by the incident, Almer said. He added, “As always, we truly appreciate their abilities and compassion.”

Almer asked Whatcom News to remind readers who may be struggling with severe life stressors or behavioral health crises that there are several resources available including the following.


  1. Dennis August 6, 2022

    A small detail is missing. Was this infliction intentional or “accidental”?

  2. Danielle Sandall Cooper August 6, 2022


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