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1:15 AM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
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BLAINE, Wash. (AP) -- The Peace Arch crossing on the U.S.-Canada border was closed Tuesday after a man driving a van with Washington state plates shot a Canadian guard in the neck and then apparently killed himself, a police official said.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Bert Paquet told reporters the female Canadian Border Services Agency officer was breathing when she was flown to a hospital, but he had no further details on her condition.

The officer was in her booth when she was shot. Investigators were trying to figure out what happened and why, Paquet said. They hadn't confirmed whether the suspect was the van's owner.

The Peace Arch crossing in Blaine is the third busiest port of entry on the northern border. Last month, it averaged 9,000 U.S.-bound cars a day, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

 

Associated Press

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