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U.S. Border Patrol agents assist with victim of shooting, prevent suicide

Release Date: 
September 26, 2017
Curlew agents
U.S. Border Patrol agents from the
Curlew Station help bring a suicidal man
down a mountain on a stretcher.

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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021