A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent shot and killed a man attempting to illegally cross the border near Sumas.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on March 19, agents confronted the suspect, who had set off a sensor after he entered the country illegally. Agents found the man about 600 feet south of the crossing on Kneuman Road.
The suspect attacked a border agent with pepper spray after he was confronted as a suspected illegal. The border agent was not seriously injured. The agent fired his service pistol and killed the suspect as he was attempting to flee.
On March 20, police identified the victim as 20-year-old Jamison Edward Childress. Spokesmen for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta confirmed that Childress was wanted for murder in another jurisdiction.
The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into the shooting.
Check the March 26 edition of The Northern Light for more details.