Sheriff’s office: Suicidal man in Kendall area barricaded inside house cuts neck


A suicidal man in the Kendall area who had barricaded himself inside a house late Tuesday afternoon has cut his own neck, according to Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks and emergency radio traffic.

As of 5:45 p.m., an armored vehicle had been called in and medics were responding to treat a laceration on the man’s throat. No other information about the situation was made immediately available.

An update on the man’s condition and the situation is expected Wednesday morning. The man’s name was not released.

Parks said the incident in the 7900 block of Sante Fe Trail started Monday night and appeared to be domestic in nature. He said family members were separated for safety, but the situation escalated again Tuesday.

“He’s in there refusing to come out, but we’ve got it contained and we’re working on it right now,” Parks said Tuesday afternoon.

Parks said it was unclear whether the man had access to any weapons.

“We make sure it’s contained and minimize danger to the public and neighborhood and try to ensure a safe resolution with the suspect,” Parks said. “We’ll try to talk with him to get him to surrender to come out and then we take care of what we need to, be it medical assistance or mental health assistance, for a successful resolution so it gets resolved safely.”

The Mount Baker School District issued an alert to parents that due to law enforcement activity in the Kendall neighborhood a non-emergency shelter has been put in place. Students on bus routes, 36, 36B and the Oregon Trail portion of bus route 34, as well as elementary and secondary students were picked up at Kendall Elementary. Parents needed a valid photo ID.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt