BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham Police arrested Shilo Aron Englert, age 33, and booked him into Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of 2nd degree murder today, Sunday, February 20th.
A large contingent of law enforcement personnel including a helicopter overhead were visible between 11am and 1pm in the area of a Lincoln Street address known to have been a recent residence for Englert. Jail records indicate he was booked about 1:40pm.
Englert is a suspect in the murder of a 31-year-old woman in a stairwell of a downtown Bellingham building on February 8th. An active arrest warrant for murder 2nd degree was issued on February 11th.
About 3:45pm, Bellingham Police released the following statement regarding the arrest.
Bellingham Police patrol officers and members of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team arrested Shilo A. Englert, 33, on February 22, 2022, in the 1400 block of Moore Street. Acting on credible and actionable information Englert was hiding in a specific residence, patrol officers secured a perimeter. BPD SWAT responded to the scene and had Englert in custody within an hour of arrival.
Englert was wanted for the murder of [redacted for victim’s privacy], 31, on February 8, 2022, in the 1000 block of N. State Street. [She] was found dead in the stairwell of the apartment building, having died of a gunshot wound. BPD Detectives’ investigation led to Englert as the prime suspect and the development of probable cause for murder 2nd degree. A warrant for Englert was issued for his arrest.
This was the second attempt to capture Englert within 10 hours on February 20, 2022. BPD patrol got credible information at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday February 22 that Englert was in a specific residence. Englert was alerted to presence of law enforcement and escaped the area on foot. A K-9 track did not yield his location. Additional information later this morning put Englert into a specific residence and BPD patrol set a perimeter.
BPD SWAT team arrived and using the rescue vehicle as a safety platform, made constant public announcements Englert was under arrest for murder and how to surrender peacefully. They got no response. Noise distraction devices were used to gain Englert’s attention and cooperation, but he ignored those as well. Continuous announcements were made to Englert he was under arrest and how to surrender peacefully. He was also given warnings chemical irritants would be introduced to where he was hiding if he did not come out.
The moment the chemical irritants were introduced to the residence, Englert surrendered and followed all commands given. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Whatcom County Jail for murder 2nd degree. BPD Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) and detectives remained at the residence to check for evidence left behind. Englert will appear before a judge next week.Bellingham Police Department (February 20, 2022)