03/20/2015 07:23 EDT | Updated 05/20/2015 05:59 EDT

U.S. Border Patrol fatally shoots man near B.C. crossing

The man fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on Thursday afternoon near the B.C. border at Sumas, Wash. was wanted for a homicide in another jurisdiction.

At a press conference Friday, the Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said the man had been carrying a hatchet in his backpack.

No details on the man's identity or his nationality were released.

Dan M. Harris, Jr., Blaine Sector chief border patrol agent, said that the agent who shot the man as he attempted to cross illegally into Canada had been pepper-sprayed by the suspect.

The agent has been put on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in fatal shootings, the spokesperson said.