Man, 23, shot and killed in Bellingham accidental shooting

BELLINGHAM — Police in Bellingham said a 23-year-old man was shot and killed in an accidental shooting Thursday. His friend has been jailed on investigation of first-degree manslaughter.

Lt. Bob Vander Yacht says Aaron Bornemann and his friend Masen Potter were hanging out and handling a handgun together at a home Thursday night. He says the two were “engaging in horseplay” when Potter grabbed the handgun, pointed it at Bornemann’s head and pulled the trigger.

According to police, Potter said he thought the gun was not loaded.

Bornemann was taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center where he died early Friday.

Vander Yacht says in an email that the victim is the son of longtime Bellingham City Councilman Terry Bornemann.

The 21-year-old Potter was booked into Whatcom County Jail.

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