Man aims gun at Bellingham motel worker who tried to kick him out, police say

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A Bellingham man pulled out a loaded gun and threatened to shoot a motel worker Wednesday when he was kicked out of his room at a Samish Way motel, according to police.

An employee of the Coachman Inn told Kyle Edward Swallow that he needed to leave around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley.

Swallow, 23, of Des Moines, Wash., responded by pointing a black semiautomatic handgun at the man, and saying he would shoot. The worker backed out of the room unharmed, Beckley said.

Police arrested Swallow. He told them he was acting in self-defense. He went on to say he was not struck, however, and officers saw no evidence of a physical fight.

A loaded black Smith & Wesson pistol was recovered from the room. Beckley didn’t know how long Swallow had been staying at the Coachman. He was kicked out for violating motel rules, according to a probable cause statement read in court Thursday. The statement didn’t specify what rule was broken.

Swallow has no felony convictions on his record.

“I rather suspect that there are two sides to this story,” said a deputy public defender, Starck Follis. “I’m not quite sure what exactly prompts a hotel employee to go in and start packing up somebody else’s bags in a room.”

Prosecutors plan to charge Swallow with second-degree assault while armed with a firearm. Superior Court Commissioner Martha Gross set bail at $10,000.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb