Canadian border guard shot in booth at B.C. crossingA lone gunman shot a Canadian border agent inside her booth at a B.C. crossing point Tuesday before turning his gun on himself, RCMP said.
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said the officer was airlifted to hospital and "was breathing at the time," but her condition was not known.
Officers responded to a 911 call from a witness at 2 p.m., and found the border agent wounded and the gunman dead.
"In the incident following the shooting of the officer, the lone male was pronounced dead at the scene from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Paquet told reporters.
He said the border agent was airlifted to hospital and "was breathing at the time," but her condition is not known.
Little was known about the identity of the gunman, other than that he was in a vehicle bearing a Washington license plate.
The Canadian Border Services Agency said the incident happened at the Douglas Border Crossing in Surrey.
The border crossing has been closed and the CBSA advises travelers 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.
The Douglas Border Crossing, also known as the Peace Arch border, is the third busiest U.S.-Canada crossing point.
About 4,800 vehicles pass through the crossing during peak periods, with delays up to four hours on either side.
Edited by zero-ONE-three, 16 October 2012 - 05:20 PM.