Shots fired at U.S. Border Patrol spark manhunt

Published on Wed, Apr 3, 2013
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A man armed with a handgun was arrested by Abbotsford police on April 3, a day after U.S. Border Patrol agents said he shot at them when they tried to detain him east of the Sumas border crossing.

Border patrol agents assigned to the Sumas sector approached a pair of camouflaged men wearing backpacks at 9:10 a.m. on April 2 near the backwoods of Reese Hill and Heady roads. One man fired shots at them before fleeing into the nearby wooded area, said U.S. Border Patrol agent Eric Dorais. Border Patrol officers were able to apprehend the other suspect.

No one was injured in the gunfire, Dorais said.

A manhunt ensued, with border patrol helicopters, K-9 units, sheriff’s deputies and federal agents responding. According to police scanner traffic, authorities were searching through large areas of dense timber south of the border. The man had a holstered handgun. A SWAT team from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the search.

“I would like to thank our law enforcement partners both locally and in Canada who assisted during the search,” said Blaine Sector chief John Bates.  “This incident is a perfect example of the bi-national law enforcement partnerships, dedication and support required on a daily basis in securing our nation’s borders and local communities.”