Altercation results in SWAT response and arrest

By Stefanie Donahue

Whatcom County sheriff deputies arrested Corey Vandekop, 28, following an altercation at approximately 10 p.m. on July 16. According to police reports, the suspect was accused of drawing a gun on his brother outside of his home in the 4600 block of Birch Bay-Lynden Road. Both men were intoxicated, according to police.

The sheriff’s office went on to state that Vandekop threatened his brother prior to getting in a separate argument with his wife, who was located inside the residence. A small child was also on the scene.

Following the altercation, SWAT deputies arrived and were able to remove the suspect’s wife and child safely from the premises.

Vandekop was charged with felony harassment and assault in the second degree. Whatcom Superior Court set a $10,000 bail on July 18.

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