Crime

Birch Bay man accused of aiming gun at brother in drunken fight

Corey Neil Vandeop, 28, of Birch Bay, makes an appearance in court Monday afternoon, July 18, 2016. He’s accused of aiming a gun at his brother in a fight.
Corey Neil Vandeop, 28, of Birch Bay, makes an appearance in court Monday afternoon, July 18, 2016. He’s accused of aiming a gun at his brother in a fight. The Bellingham Herald

A Birch Bay man aimed a gun at his half-brother in a drunken fight late Saturday, July 16, leading to a SWAT team response, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Corey Neil Vandekop, 28, got into a scuffle with his brother, 32, around 10 p.m. at a home on the 4600 block of Birch Bay-Lynden Road, said Undersheriff Jeff Parks.

According to a probable cause statement, at one point Vandekop grabbed a handgun, aimed it at his brother, and said something to the effect of, “I’m going to kill you.” Parks did not know what the two men were fighting about.

His brother left the house.

Meanwhile, a 911 caller outside could hear things being smashed in the house as sheriff’s deputies were en route, Parks said. Vandekop’s wife and child were still inside. She came out when deputies asked her to leave the residence.

Vandekop had fallen asleep in the home. So a SWAT team got the child outside first, and made repeated announcements over a megaphone for Vandekop to come out, which he eventually did.

He was arrested and charged with assault in the second degree and felony harassment. Deputies recovered two pistols from the home: a .40-caliber Glock and a .380-caliber Smith & Wesson.

In court Monday afternoon, Vandekop appeared to have heavy bruising around his left eye. Superior Court Commissioner Alfred Heydrich set bail at $10,000. If Vandekop posts bond, he won’t be allowed to consume intoxicants or live in a home with firearms.

Vandekop has no felony history.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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