Police AND Civilians vs Suspect


Civilian participating in a shootout side by side with officer while other officers are down via shot to the head.

That’s a new one for sure


The incident began when Young’s neighbor started a burn pile in the yard and the smoke entered Young’s home, angering him, according to the Bellingham Police Department, which has taken over the investigation.

Joel Young allegedly asked the neighbor to put the fire out and the two exchanged words. Police say Young then grabbed a shotgun and fired a round of birdshot toward the neighbor.

Rathbun and Thompson responded to the scene after receiving reports of shots fired. When Young met the deputies outside, he started yelling at them and fired at the deputies, hitting one in the head, according to police. The second deputy returned fire, and police said Young shot the second deputy, also in the head.

The news report did not mention the civilian giving care to the law enforcement officers or shooting back at the guy next door either.


Any word on the officers?


Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies Ryan Rathbun and Jason Thompson are recovering after they were shot in the head. That is all that has been said.

Two deputies shot while responding to a neighborhood dispute in Peaceful Valley have been released from the hospital, the Whatcom County Sheriff ’s Office said Monday. According to a news release, deputies Ryan Rathbun and Jason Thompson continue to recover after suffering head wounds from shotgun blasts from an incident Thursday afternoon.