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.