Monday, July 07, 2008

US-Canada border agent assaulted, shots fired.

Two people taken into custody, the third escapes into Canada.

SWANTON, Vt. -- The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent shot at three suspects after being assaulted near the Vermont-Quebec border early today.

The agency said the officer was interviewing the three who were on foot at about 2:15 a.m. when he was assaulted. The agent fired two shots.

A male and female suspect are in custody. The third suspect, a male, escaped back into Canada.

The Border Patrol said it doesn't know if the missing suspect was armed or if he was wounded.
Border Patrol Spokesman Mark Henry said the agent was on routine patrol when he spotted the suspects. The suspects knocked the agent down and started hitting him when he fired his weapon.

Henry said he couldn't release the names of the suspects in cusody. He did not know their nationalities.