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June 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Bellingham man in standoff died from bomb-blast injuries

The Associated Press

BELLINGHAM — The Whatcom County medical examiner says a man found dead Tuesday after a seven-hour police standoff in Bellingham was fatally injured by an accidental pipe-bomb explosion.

The autopsy Friday showed that 37-year-old Oleg P. Panchenko suffered injuries to his right wrist and right thigh that were not immediately life-threatening. But he refused help and died at least four hours after the blast.

There was no gunshot wound. A neighbor had called police after what she thought was a gunshot.

Panchenko refused to talk with police or come out after they fired tear gas and sent in robots and a police dog. His body was found in a closet.

The medical examiner says other homemade explosive devices were found in Panchenko’s apartment. He had a history of mental-health issues.

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