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Canadian Border Patrol Officer Injured in Shooting at Washington Crossing; Gunman Dead in Apparent Suicide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The driver of a white van shot a Canadian Border Services Agency officer in the neck before apparently turning the gun on himself at Canadian crossing in Washington state Tuesday, reports KIROTV.

The man, whose name was not released, died at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the female agent was injured and airlifted from the scene to a hospital in Canada.

The van was driving into Canada from the U.S., KIROTV said.

Her identity and condition were not known this morning, but CTV News said she was breathing on the way to the hospital and appeared to be in serious condition.

What prompted the shooting remains unclear.

“This event is a sobering reminder of the dangerous conditions faced daily by the men and women of our law enforcement agencies as they work to protect the safety and security of Canadians,” Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement to CTV News.

Earlier in the day, Cpl. Bert Paquet said, “The first report at the scene revealed that a male, a lone male, had shot an officer in her booth. At the instant following the shooting of the officer, the lone male had been pronounced dead at the scene from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

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