A Canadian border guard is still recovering after being shot at the Peach Arch crossing north of Blaine, Washington. The suspect shot himself at the scene.
The Peace Arch stands exactly on the US – Canadian border in the grass median between the northbound and southbound lanes of I-5 and Highway 99. Photo by Arnold C via Wikimedia Commons
The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon when a White Ford Econovan with Washington State plates pulled up to the Peace Arch Border Crossing. In very short order, the female Canada Border Services Agency officer was shot in the neck and the driver of the van, a lone male, committed suicide.
The border crossing, the third busiest between Canada and the United States, was closed for hours. Traffic was rerouted in both countries to the Pacific Highway border crossing a few blocks away.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating. The Mounties say the border guard was breathing when she was flown by air ambulance to hospital.
Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire talked with British Columbia Premier Christy Clark after the incident and promised full co-operation. The shooting happened entirely within Canadian territory.
Despite the license plates on the van, it has not been confirmed if the driver is American or why he started shooting.
The Canadian government only started to arm border guards a few years ago.
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