BRITISH COLUMBIA

Sumas Border Shooting Suspect Tries To Cross Into Canada

04/02/2013 02:54 EDT | Updated 04/03/2013 01:30 EDT
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Police in Abbotsford, B.C. are helping U.S. border officials hunt for a suspect after shots were fired on the American side of the Sumas crossing.

Gunfire broke out between U.S. border guards and two suspects around 9 a.m. PT, said Abbotsford police Const. Ian MacDonald, but he could not say by whom. There are no reports of any injuries.

"One of the subjects fired at the agents and fled into the woods," said U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesperson Michael Milne.

The suspects were spotted by border agents in a area east of the Sumas crossing on Tuesday morning, according to Milne. They were trying to pass through a wooded area often used as a drug-smuggling corridor.

One suspect was arrested at the scene but several helicopters and guards from both countries are still scouring the border, The Province reported.

The other suspect is believed to have fled into Canada, reported B.C. CTV.

A Sumas elementary school was locked down for several hours, reported CBC News.