Bellingham Police release video of fatal shooting by officer

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 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.

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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.

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