A man died in a hospital today, a day after he was shot by police during a three-hour standoff at a downtown apartment building.

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BELLINGHAM — A man died in a hospital today, a day after he was shot by police during a three-hour standoff at a downtown apartment building.


The man was shot at least once in torso in the shooting yesterday, said police Lt. Craig Ambrose. He was taken to St. Joseph Hospital, where he died around 1 a.m. today, the Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s Office said.


Autopsy results were not immediately available.


The man called police about 4:40 p.m. yesterday and said his roommate was cut up, Ambrose said. He was alone when officers arrived, and pointed a handgun at police when they entered the ground-floor apartment.


A SWAT team was called when a shot was fired moments later. Traffic was diverted from the area and the apartment building was evacuated.


The man occasionally stepped into the hallway and fired his gun several times, police said.


Officers continued to talk to the man, and around 8 p.m. he opened the door and raised his gun at them. Police fired their weapons, including a beanbag gun, and set off a loud, flashing device to distract the man as they rushed into the apartment.


He was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in critical condition. No one else injured.