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Sumas Border Shooting Suspect Arrested

04/03/2013 01:29 EDT | Updated 06/03/2013 05:12 EDT
Emily Elias/CBC

A man suspected of shooting at U.S. border officials near the Canada crossing at Sumas, Wash. and Abbotsford, B.C. has been arrested after an intense manhunt.

Police caught up to the suspect at an Abbotsford home at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, said Const. Ian MacDonald in a news release. The unnamed man is known to police and has lived in B.C.'s Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland in recent years, he added.

A man wearing camouflage opened fire on Tuesday morning when U.S. agents tried to approach him on a logging trail, said

Michael Milne, a spokesman with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. No one was injured. The area east of Sumas is well-known for drug smuggling activity.

Two backpacks with about 27 kilograms (60 pounds) of ecstasy were recovered near the shooting site, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

A second man who was with the shooter was arrested almost immediately, reported The Bellingham Herald.

But the shooting suspect escaped, sparking a manhunt that included three helicopters, police dogs and authorities on both sides of the border on Tuesday.

Nathan John Hall, a Canadian citizen, was found at his girlfriend's apartment, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court, reported The Vancouver Sun. His alleged accomplice, Jeffrey Laviolette, was arrested on Washington, carrying a walkie-talkie, said the newspaper.