GRAND FORKS, N.D. - On August 27 at approximately 2 a.m. CST, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Grand Forks Sector were notified of a suspicious subject in a vehicle near the Pembina Port of Entry. Two Border Patrol Agents from the Pembina Border Patrol Station responded and encountered the individual traveling south from the border. When the agents attempted to stop the subject’s vehicle, the subject rammed a Border Patrol vehicle. The subject was assaultive and failed to comply with verbal commands. The agents discharged their service issued firearms. The subject was not struck by the agents gunfire, but was taken to a local hospital in Cavalier due to self-inflicted injuries. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has primary jurisdiction and is investigating the shooting with full cooperation from the Grand Forks Sector Border Patrol. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has also deployed a Use of Force Incident Team (UFIT) to the scene to assist in the investigation. Neither the agents or the suspect suffered any life threatening injuries.
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.