Oct 16, 2012 / 4:00 pm
Update: On Tuesday, October 16th at approximately 2:00 p.m. Surrey RCMP responded to a report of a shooting incident at the Douglas Border Crossing near Hwy 99 and 0 Avenue.
The initial police investigation revealed that a Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officer was shot by a lone male when he attempted to cross into Canada from the United States. The suspect is believed to have shot himself shortly after and is deceased. There are no outstanding suspects at this time.
The female CBSA officer was airlifted to local area hospital suffering from serious injuries, however, she was breathing and conscious at the time of transport. Her current condition is unknown.
The border is closed in both directions indefinitely and motorists are being diverted to other crossings.
“Surrey RCMP are in the early stages of this investigation and still trying to determine the sequence of events,” says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet. “Right now our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer and her family.”
During the onset of this investigation, police will be interviewing witnesses and obtaining video surveillance footage as well as working with law enforcement partners on both sides of the border. More information will become available once it is known.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS.
The Canadian Border Services Agency has confirmed that an agent was shot at a border crossing in British Columbia.
A CBSA spokesperson said the incident happened at the Douglas Border Crossing in Surrey, and RCMP officers are on site.
Police also said the suspect suffered a self-inflicted gunshot.
There was no word on the condition of either person.
The border crossing has been closed and the CBSA advises travellers to divert to the Pacific Highway or Aldergrove Crossing.
Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews said he was “deeply concerned” by the shooting.
“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,” he said.
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