Suspect uses machete to threaten citizens and fires a crossbow at responding law enforcement

Suspect is shot resulting in non-life-threatening injuries, citizens and law enforcement officers unharmed

December 23, 2018 - by Claudia Murphy, PIO

​A suspect is in custody after threatening people with a machete and firing at law enforcement officers with a crossbow near Arroyo Park.  Bellingham Police officers responded to the park to investigate and a Whatcom County Sheriff Office K-9 Deputy was called to assist in the search for the suspect.  As officers and the K-9 deputy approached, the suspect fired a crossbow directly at them.  A BPD Officer and WCSO Deputy returned fire striking the suspect, stopping the threat.  Micam James Godfrey, 46, of California was identified as the suspect and taken into custody, provided first aid and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  No citizen or law enforcement officers were injured during this incident.

The Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Response Team (LEMART) and the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Crime Scene Team are currently investigating the scene and interviewing witnesses.   The officers involved in the shooting are being administratively re-assigned, in accordance with each agency's policy.

After medical treatment, Godfrey will be booked into the Whatcom Jail for Felony Harassment (threatening citizens with the machete,) and Attempted Murder (firing a crossbow at officers.)  Godfrey has a criminal history from the state of California including a federal conviction of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Bellingham Police Chief David Doll says, “I am very thankful that all responding officers were uninjured in doing the dangerous work they do and were able to stop this individual before he could harm others.”

Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks says, “We appreciate the coordination with Bellingham Police and are thankful all citizens and law enforcement officers were unharmed during this incident.”

As the investigation continues, Old Samish Way will stay closed from 30th Street to Chuckanut Drive.  A social media post will be published when the road re-opens.

Media Contact

​​Claudia Murphy, PIO

Bellingham Police Department

(360) 778-8834

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