U.S. Border Patrol agents assist with victim of shooting, prevent suicide
CURLEW, Wash. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Curlew Station assisted with a shooting victim and another person who was attempting to commit suicide on Monday.
The incident took place at approximately 1 p.m. when agents received a request for
assistance from the Ferry County Sheriff’s Office for a 36-year-old male who had sustained a gunshot wound while attempting to prevent another person from committing suicide. When agents and deputies arrived, the suicidal person had fled and was later found threatening to jump from a cliff near the scene of the shooting. A Border Patrol Agent circled behind the person and removed him from the cliff. The person was then safely brought down the hill by agents and deputies on a stretcher for his safety. Both the shooting victim and suicidal person were transported by Ferry County Emergency Medical Services to a local hospital.
“Living and working in the northern area of Washington requires all area law enforcement to operate together as a cohesive team,” Patrol Agent in Charge Daniel McElheran said. “This often results in the need for agents to be available to assist local law enforcement at a moment’s notice. We are proud of the work we perform and are grateful to work with our partners for the benefit of our community.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.