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Bellingham Police seeking video, photos of officer assault

BELLINGHAM - Police are asking anyone with video or photos of an incident that took place outside of The Royal early Sunday, Sept. 26, to share those with the Bellingham Police Department.

William J. Arzon, 31, was arrested outside the downtown Bellingham nightclub after pulling out a gun and struggling with police officers.

The incident began at about 1:40 a.m. when a regular customer at The Royal, 208 E. Holly St., told an employee he had seen a man carrying a gun inside the nightclub, said Mark Young, spokesman for the Bellingham Police Department.

The employee contacted police officers and pointed to the man, Arzon, who was then standing outside at the edge of a large crowd.As they approached him, each officer grabbed one his arms. Arzon immediately went for his waistband, and a struggle ensued, Young said.

The officers got Arzon to the ground on his stomach but were unable to get his hands out from underneath him. Arzon then drew a 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol from his waistband, and one officer grabbed the barrel of the gun and pointed it away from them, Young said.

As the struggle continued, two more officers arrived to help. The officers were able to wrestle the loaded gun away from Arzon, Young said.

Arzon was booked into Whatcom County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm as well as a warrant from the Department of Corrections.

Anyone with video or photos of the incident should contact Detective Mark Green at 360-778-8820 or at mgreen@cob.org.

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