Crime

Whatcom man arrested after hourlong standoff with police in cemetery

Drone footage shows a 21-year-old Deming man who was involved a standoff with Arlington police Saturday, April 20, in a Snohomish County cemetery Saturday morning. The man was found with drug paraphernalia, fireworks a knife, throwing stars and a hatchet.
Drone footage shows a 21-year-old Deming man who was involved a standoff with Arlington police Saturday, April 20, in a Snohomish County cemetery Saturday morning. The man was found with drug paraphernalia, fireworks a knife, throwing stars and a hatchet. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Police arrested a 21-year-old Deming man after an hourlong standoff in a cemetery Saturday morning.

According to an Arlington Police Facebook post on the incident, officers responded at approximately 9:15 a.m. Saturday, April 20, to the report of a man acting oddly in the Arlington Municipal Cemetery and the sound of possible gunshots.

Once they arrived, the post said, officers located the man acting “erratically” near his truck in a wooded area toward the back of the cemetery. Police attempted unsuccessfully to communicate with him and decided to back out of the area because of the man’s behavior and the possibility of firearms.

Additional assistance was requested from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the Marysville Police Department’s armored vehicle, the post said, while Snohomish County Fire District 22 arrived with a drone.

The drone allowed law enforcement to observe the man and attempt to communicate with him, the release said. It also allowed officers to verify the man had weapons and that he was “clearly in crisis, continuing to act erratically, spray-painting his vehicle, and then climbing on top of his vehicle.”

Approximately an hour into the standoff, police used the armored vehicle to take him into custody, the post said.

Arlington Fire personnel did an initial evaluation of the man, and he was transported to Cascade Valley Hospital for evaluation and assessment, the post said, but officers intended to book him into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of unlawful discharge of fireworks, disorderly conduct and obstruction.

Officers also reportedly recovered drug paraphernalia, fireworks and multiple weapons, including a knife, throwing stars and a hatchet at the scene.

The Arlington Police Department declined to release the name of the man until he was arraigned.

This story will be updated.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
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