Bellingham police arrest armed man after early-morning standoff

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 23, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - An armed Bellingham man accused of a drunken assault on his ex-girlfriend holed himself up in his home and threatened to commit "suicide by cop" this weekend in the Birchwood neighborhood.

Police believe Kyle Henry Hulsebus, 38, of Edens Avenue, had been drinking before the assault early Saturday, June 21. He confronted his ex-girlfriend - they had broken up but he wanted to get back together - just after midnight while she was babysitting for a friend in the 2800 block of Williams Street. He came into the house uninvited and threw a large box of diapers at her face, then shoved her against a wall several times, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

Hulsebus eventually fled and headed to his house in the 3000 block of Edens. He threatened to "take on" anyone came onto his property, Vander Yacht said. Once police responded, they heard him step out the back door to fire off one gunshot.

A SWAT team surrounded the home for the next two hours while a negotiator tried to convince Hulsebus to come outside, over his threats to die that night in a gunfight. The standoff ended when he left the home around 3:10 a.m. Police took him to jail on suspicion of burglary in the first degree, because he's accused of entering the home on Williams Street with plans to commit fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

Three guns - a .22-caliber rifle, a .22-caliber revolver and a semiautomatic handgun - and 250 rounds of ammunition were taken from Hulsebus' home as evidence. Officers found one spent round in the revolver, but Hulsebus would not say which gun had been fired, according to police.

Hulsebus has no felony history in Washington state.

Reach Caleb Hutton at caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com or 360-715-2276. Read his Dispatcher blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog or get updates on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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