Crime

Bellingham man involved in police stand-off sentenced to five months

A man who yelled, “You ready to die, cop?” during a standoff with police in June 2014 has been sentenced to five months in jail.

Police surrounded Kyle Hulsebus’ home at the 3000 block of Edens Avenue last year following an altercation he had with his ex-girlfriend Chrissie Juarez while she baby-sat a friend’s child, according to charging papers filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.

Charges say Hulsebus, 39, showed up to the backyard of the house where Juarez was baby-sitting just after midnight June 21, 2014. He had a box of diapers with him, which he threw at Juarez before slamming her into a wall, biting her nose and grabbing her face.

Hulsebus fled when she called police, but he began texting her and said he wanted to “shoot it out” with police, charges say.

Officers arrived to his house and requested a SWAT team when they heard a gunshot in the backyard. Hulsebus yelled, “You ready to die, cop?” and, “You better go home to your wife and kids, or die!” during the standoff that lasted a couple hours, charges say.

He was detained after officers used chemicals to force him out of his house. Officers found a .22-caliber rifle, a .22-caliber revolver, a semiautomatic handgun and 250 rounds of ammunition inside the home.

He pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful imprisonment and felony harassment, which carries a standard range of three to eight months in jail. He had no felony history.

He was sentenced Monday, May 18, to spend five months in jail and undergo psychological and substance abuse evaluations.

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