Monday, February 01, 2021

WA: Sporting Goods Store Employee Shoots Robbery Suspect who Smashed Glass

At 11:16 a.m., just 14 minutes later, officers were called to a robbery in progress with gunshots fired at Yeager’s Sporting Goods on Northwest Ave.  Officers responded and entered the store, where they found one suspect on the floor with a gunshot wound to the chest, being detained by store employees.  Officers summoned Immediate medical aid, and Bellingham Fire Department Medics transported the suspect to PeaceHealth for further care.

Officers discovered the 37-year-old suspect from Haggen entered Yeager’s and walked to the gun counter, pulling out a hammer.  He used the hammer and struck the glass top several times to break it.  When yelled at to stop, the suspect kept hitting the glass and tried climbing over the counter.  The employee, fearing for his life as the suspect was gaining access to firearms and ammunition, pulled his concealed firearm and shot the suspect once in the chest.

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