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Canadian shot by U.S. border agent at Ambassador Bridge charged

12/29/2014 03:43 EST | Updated 02/28/2015 05:59 EST
A Canadian man shot by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit has been charged by U.S. law enforcement.

The 22-year-old Windsor, Ont., man has been charged with using a dangerous weapon to forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate and/or interfere with a U.S. federal law enforcement officer performing official duties.

The incident happened at 3 a.m. on Dec. 21.

U.S. border guards at the Ambassador Bridge crossing between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit say the man stopped his car before the U.S. inspection booth and started walking towards border officers while "waving a handgun."

The officers ordered him to drop the weapon, the agency said, but the man instead pointed the gun in the officers' direction, prompting them to open fire.

The man was struck in the arm and fell to the ground.

In an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents say the man could be heard yelling, "just shoot me. I want to die. It's a fake gun."

The man was carrying a BB gun spray painted to look like a handgun, border agents said in the affidavit.

Incident started in Canada, police say

Minutes before the incident at the bridge, the man initially tried to engage Windsor police while waving a gun in a McDonald's parking lot, Windsor Deputy Police Chief Vince Power said last week.

Police responded to a call about a man with a gun in the restaurant’s parking lot at 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 21. It was the man with the gun who called 911, Power said.

Police said the man pointed the gun in the direction of the officers and asked, "Why haven't you shot me yet?"

When police didn’t open fire, the man drove off in a black Ford Explorer, driving over a sidewalk and eventually onto the E.C. Row Expressway.

Windsor police notified neighbouring police departments, the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection about the man with a gun, Power said.

Should the man return to Canada, he will face weapons and dangerous driving charges on his return to Canada for events that occurred in Windsor prior to the shooting.

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