Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Shooting Closes Canadian Border

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 8:59 AM

A Canadian border guard was shot in the neck along the border with Washington state Tuesday afternoon. Officials said that the Douglas border crossing had been closed after the incident, which occurred around 3 p.m. Mountain Time. The Canada Border Services Agency said that the female officer had been injured by gunfire.

The Vancouver Sun reported that the shooter was driving a white Ford Econovan and killed himself after shooting the guard.

"There were shots fired in quick succession, and then I heard some screams," Dave Noble, a commuter who was in line at the crossing when the incident took place, told the Sun.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement that the incident was "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. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and colleagues of this Border Service Officer.”

The border was reopened by Tuesday evening.

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