He reported a burglary. And then a shooting. Here’s what police said they found


Police are continuing to investigate a call about shots being fired in the 200 block of West 1st Place in Nooksack but have yet to find evidence that a shooting occurred, Everson Police Chief Daniel MacPhee said Tuesday.

A man called police about 3:44 p.m. Monday, and reported a burglary in progress, saying he thought someone was inside the house. He ran out and reported shots being fired, MacPhee said.

Emergency radio traffic indicated that the caller reported “we are shooting” at some point and then the phone disconnected. There was even a suspect description.

Police from Everson, Sumas and Lynden raced to the scene as well as Customs and Border Protection and Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies.

Authorities cordoned off the area and briefly put Nooksack Elementary and Nooksack Valley Middle schools on a precautionary lockdown, MacPhee said.

“There was no evidence that there was a subject with a weapon running around at the school,” he said.

He said authorities talked to nearby residents as well as people passing by, and none reported hearing or seeing anything suspicious. A police K-9 unit was brought in and a Customs and Border Protection helicopter also searched the area.

There’s been no evidence – no bullet casings or holes were found – of shots being fired inside the West 1st Street home, MacPhee said.

The event and police response created a stir on social media and among neighbors.

No suspects have been found or arrests made, he added.

MacPhee said police are continuing to treat the call as legitimate “but obviously we’re trying to go one piece at a time.”

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea