BELLINGHAM, Wash. — An affidavit of probable cause for the arrest of Shilo A Englert details the evening and events leading up to when a Bellingham woman was found dead in a stairwell on February 8th.
Bellingham Police Department (BPD) detectives located surveillance video that provided views around and inside the building where the woman’s body was found.
The video shows a man, who several in law enforcement identified as Englert, arriving in front of the building in a car with an unidentified woman in the front passenger seat. Englert is seen getting out of the car and talking with the victim on the sidewalk. About 3 minutes later, the unidentified woman exits the car, is seen punching the victim while holding her in a headlock and then returns to the car.
About 6 minutes later, Englert, the victim and a known woman are seen entering the building’s first floor stairwell. The woman later told detectives they smoked Fentanyl pills while Englert appeared to be consoling the victim. The woman eventually left the 2 alone in the stairwell.
About 10 minutes later, the victim is seen leaving the stairwell, appearing to gesture to the woman in the car parked out front and then returning to the stairwell.
About 25 minutes later, Englert is seen walking from the first floor of the stairwell to the second floor and exiting to an alley behind the building. He appeared to be using his sleeve to avoid leaving fingerprints while touching the door. He walks an extended indirect route around the building to get to his car and drives away.
10 minutes later, a resident discovers the body and immediately calls 911.
The car was later located outside an address that Englert has identified to law enforcement as his residence over recent years.
Based on the investigation, a charge of 2nd degree murder was filed against Englert on February 11th and the public was asked to provide assistance in locating him the next day.
It was determined the victim died as a result of a gunshot wound.
As of February 15th, BPD were still looking for Englert. Anyone with information is asked to call the BPD confidential phone tip line at (360) 778-8611 or submit a tip online at www.cob.org/tips.
BPD warn that if he is seen, to call 9-1-1 immediately as he should be considered armed and dangerous.