Bellingham Police: Man points BB gun over gate code dispute

A man pointed a BB gun at someone who confronted him about entering a self-storage center without using his own code, Wednesday, July 1, according to police.

A 51-year-old man was punching in his code to open a gate at Cordata Self Storage, 200 W. Kellogg Road, at 9:56 p.m., said Lt. Bob Vander Yacht. As the gate opened, Jeffrey James Hansen, 39, apparently drove his truck inside without punching in his code.

The 51-year-old approached the truck and told Hansen to use his own code. Hansen told him to get back and pointed a Walther CP99 compact BB gun at the man, Vander Yacht said.

The victim, not thinking it was a BB gun, “put his hands in the air, closed his eyes and anticipated the gun was going to be discharged,” Vander Yacht said.

Hansen drove into the storage area before it closed at 10 p.m. Police found Hansen driving his truck shortly after.

Vander Yacht said Hansen was arrested on suspicion of harassment and unlawful carrying or handling of a weapon capable of producing bodily harm.

He remained in Whatcom County Jail on Thursday.

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