One suspect in custody, another on the loose after border shooting

Abbotsford Police officer and his dog canvas the area of Vye Rd. and Marion Rd. looking for a...

Abbotsford Police officer and his dog canvas the area of Vye Rd. and Marion Rd. looking for a border jumper near the Sumas Border crossing in Abbostford, British Columbia, April 2, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ QMI AGENCY)

Tyler Orton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:44 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- American authorities have taken a suspect into custody and are on the hunt for another man following a shooting near the Canada-U.S. border that sent an Abbotsford church and school into lockdown.

A pair of men dressed in camouflage and wearing backpacks allegedly fired at American border guards following an encounter Tuesday morning in a rural area east of Sumas, Wash., according to U.S. Border and Customs Protection spokesman Mike Milne.

No one was injured, but the alleged gunman escaped into the woods while border guards arrested the other man, he said.

Abbotsford police deployed officers and emergency response team members to assist U.S. border guards in the event the remaining suspect fled to Canada.

Abbotsford police Const. Ian MacDonald said the area where the camouflaged men were discovered is known as a breach point for those looking to jump the border.

“It can run the gamut from immigration-related issues to things that do involve drugs and guns.”

He said there is no indication the at-large suspect fled to Canada, but officers went door-to-door informing nearby residents of the matter so they serve as an extra pair of “eyes and ears.”

Police helicopters from both Canadian and American law enforcement agencies circled a rural area near the border in search of the alleged gunman and roadblocks were set up.

Arnold Community Church, located near the border, and Upper Sumas Elementary were put in lockdown.


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