The U.S.-Canadian border crossing near Blaine, WA, closed for two hours
Tuesday, Jan. 24, following a high-speed chase and a shooting, news sources
It was the second time the border crossing had been closed because of
an incident since Jan. 18.
The chase began six miles south of Blaine on Interstate 5, where police
matched a description of two suspects in a California homicide investigation
and attempted to pull over their vehicle.
The driver took off, reaching 100 mph heading for the border crossing.
According to The Seattle Times,
an alert U.S. border agent shot one of the men in the vehicle when the car
failed to stop approaching a checkpoint. The
Times reported the other man in the vehicle was caught trying to
flee the vehicle on foot, just a few steps short of the border crossing with British
Meanwhile, unarmed Canadian border agents retreated from their posts as
a precaution. The act of retreat has been their modus operandi of late as they
battle with the Canadian government over what their union says is a necessity to
With what happened just a few feet away on the U.S. side, it’s not
surprising the Canadian agents want to carry guns.
California police confirmed the identity of the two men involved in the
chase. Ishtiaq Hussain, 38, and Jose Antonio Barajas, 22, face numerous charges
including failure to stop at a border approach. Hussain was wounded by the shot
from the U.S. agent, The Associated Press reported.
Both men were extradited to Richmond, CA, where they are suspects in a
Saturday, Jan. 21, shooting death of a 43-year-old man.
Border authorities at the same crossing had a scare Jan. 18, when the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police found a vehicle containing a handgun, two
shotguns and a rifle and suspected the driver had a bomb. The bomb scare turned
out to be unfounded in that case.