Gunman expected to survive multiple gunshot wounds at Bellingham motel


Local law enforcement officers respond to a shooting at the Villa Inn on Samish Way Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 in Bellingham.


BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham resident accused of firing a shotgun round at police on Samish Way remained in stable condition Tuesday, Aug. 27, despite multiple gunshot wounds.

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo declined to release the name of the 54-year-old man, because prosecutors needed more time to evaluate what criminal charges he will face.

Two Bellingham police officers came to the man's room at the Villa Inn at 5:05 p.m. Monday for a mental health pickup order, said Bellingham Police Deputy Chief Flo Simon. The man fired one shot from a short-barreled shotgun at the officers but missed, Simon said. Police responded with a barrage of gunfire.

On Tuesday, law enforcement officials declined to release any new information, other than that the man had survived. An ambulance had rushed him to St. Joseph hospital for emergency surgery.

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