Border agents open fire on vehicle at Peace Arch

Published on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent opened fire on a vehicle Friday morning as the driver attempted to enter the United States from Canada without clearance.

Customs spokesperson Mike Milne said at about 11:50 a.m. CBP agents at the Peace Arch border crossing ordered a driver out of his vehicle and when he refused and sped off, opened fire.

A short time later, the suspect was arrested just outside of Blaine city limits following a search that involved local, state and federal agencies and a helicopter.

“The driver dangerously accelerated the vehicle southbound, creating a life-threatening situation for CBP officers and travelers,” Milne said. “One officer fired his service weapon at the vehicle due to apparent imminent danger to the public.”

There were no injuries to CBP officers, the driver of the vehicle or the general public, Milne said.

Milne said he had no information on whether the vehicle contained contraband or if the gunshots struck the vehicle.

The case is undergoing investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office and the Washington State Patrol.