BLAINE - A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent fired two shots at a suspect who rammed a barricade to illegally enter the U.S. at the Peace Arch border crossing Friday morning, July 9.
Neither shot found its target, no one was injured and the suspect was arrested nearby on Sweet Road, Customs spokesman Chief Tom Schreiber said.
The man approached the crossing at about 11:50 a.m. in a stolen 1991 Plymouth Voyager, Schreiber said.
Agents approached the van in the frequent-traveler line - even though the man wasn't an approved frequent traveler. He was evasive in answering questions and refused to turn off the vehicle.
He gunned the engine, swerved around other traffic and rammed the barricade, Schreiber said. The agent fired the shots as the van drove off.
After abandoning the van on Sweet Road, the man tried to get a nearby resident to give him a ride out of the area, Schreiber said. The resident became suspicious and called 911.
The pilot of a helicopter from Customs' Air and Marine division spotted the man and directed U.S. Border Patrol agents to his location, where he was arrested.
The suspect didn't have identification on him and his identity hadn't been confirmed as of Friday evening.