A major manhunt stretched on for hours at the Canadian border after shots were fired at U.S. Border Patrol agents near the crossing at Sumas.
Law enforcement on both sides of the border are searching a man who fired on a pair of agents shortly after 9:00 this morning.
The incident happened about 7 miles east of the Sumas crossing in the area around Heady and Reese Hill Roads. Both men were on foot in terrain that is rugged, thickly forested and mountainous.
Police say the area is also a “known drug corridor,” although no one will say whether or not drugs are involved in this case.
Agents spotted two men in camouflage and carrying backpacks. When they approached, one of those suspects opened fire and took off into the woods.
Police are still searching for him, but they were able to capture his accomplice.
It’s not clear if the men crossed into the U.S. from Canada or if they were in the U.S. already. Published reports indicate helicopters were used in the search on the Canadian side of the border near the city of Abbotsford.
U.S. border officials were releasing only limited information as the search wore on. No one was hurt. A Sumas elementary school was in lockdown for a short time.