A man was shot at the U.S. border early Sunday morning, but while Americans generally focus on the dangers of the southern border with Mexico, Sunday’s bizarre incident took place at the Ambassador Bridge on the northern border between the United States and its friendly neighbor, Canada.
The Ambassador Bridge links the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan, with Windsor, Ontario, in Canada and is the busiest border crossing on the North American continent.
The bizarre shooting incident unfolded at about 3 a.m. on Sunday morning when a man, whose name has not yet been released, parked his vehicle near a U.S. Border Patrol booth on the bridge, and got out holding a handgun. He then walked directly toward the Border Patrol agents.
When the agents issued a command for the man to put down the weapon, he defied them, instead raising the gun and pointing it directly at the Border Patrol agents on duty.
The agents then shot him, wounding the man who was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
“(He) exited his vehicle and started walking towards the primary inspection lanes waving a handgun,” said Border Patrol spokesperson Ken Hammond.
According to a report by Canada’s CTV, the man is a Canadian citizen and native of Windsor who was previously known to police in that city. In fact, he had engaged in a similar confrontation with Windsor police a mere 20 minutes before he was shot by U.S. Border Patrol agents.
The Windsor officers told CTV that the man pulled into the parking lot of a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Windsor sometime shortly prior to 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning. Police received a call around that time from an alarmed citizen, reporting a man with a gun in a Ford Explorer SUV.
When the police arrived at the parking lot, the man got out of the Ford Explorer holding the gun. He then walked toward the McDonald’s. Cops shouted at him to drop his weapon, but instead he turned at pointed the gun at them.
“Why haven’t you shot me yet?” the man reportedly shouted, taunting the Windsor police, who coolly held their fire.
The armed man then jumped back into his SUV and sped away, driving over a sidewalk and a curb.
Just 20 minutes later he was at the U.S. border where he confronted agents there, only to be shot by the U.S. officers. The man was treated and released from a Detroit hospital Sunday — and then taken into custody. U.S. Homeland Security officials are now investigating the strange showdown.