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Reports of shots fired in downtown Bellingham results in arrest

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham Police Department (BPD) and several other local law enforcement agencies responded to a report of shots fired in downtown Bellingham on Friday, January 6th, about 8:15pm.

According to unconfirmed law enforcement radio transmissions at the time, a person matching the suspect description was seen firing a handgun into the air. The initial dispatch was for shots fired in the area of W Champion Street and W Magnolia Street. Soon after, reports were received of shots fired in the area of E Holly Street and Railroad Avenue.

Approximate location of reported shots fired and subsequent arrest

Radio transmissions indicated a suspect had been quickly located by BPD officers a few blocks away near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and E Magnolia Street and detained.

BPD officials said at the time there were no known injuries and “BPD patrol officers, CSIs, detectives and K-9 officers have a huge crime scene to investigate and are asking the public to stay away from the downtown area to make it easier for them to do their jobs.”

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About 12:30am on Saturday, Anthony August Casimir, age 25, was booked into Whatcom County Jail by BPD and charged with suspicion of the following crimes.

  • carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
  • aiming/discharging a firearm
  • unlawful carrying/exhibiting/drawing a weapon
  • reckless endangerment

According to jail records, the charges are expected to be brought in Bellingham Municipal Court and Casimir remained in custody Saturday morning without the opportunity to post bail pending a preliminary court appearance.

BPD did not immediately respond to a request for details regarding this incident.

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