- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A man who pulled a knife on police last year has been identified as the stabbing suspect who was fatally shot by a Bellingham police officer Sunday.

The Bellingham Herald reports (https://goo.gl/naihIG ) on Thursday police identified the officer as Jeremiah Leland.

Police believe 28-year-old Manuel Gonzalez stabbed a man in the neck Sunday afternoon on a Bellingham street during a fight. Witnesses chased him a block away, as he lugged an overstuffed black plastic bag toward the downtown bus station.

Police say Leland located Gonzalez with the knife and a confrontation occurred, with Leland opening fire after Gonzalez refused orders to drop the knife and charged him.

Police say Leland fired four shots.

An autopsy showed Gonzalez was hit by three bullets. He died at the scene.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is leading the shooting investigation.


Information from: The Bellingham Herald, https://www.bellinghamherald.com

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