UPDATED: Gunman in border shooting identified
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team continues to investigate the attempted murder of a CBSA Officer on Tuesday (October 16).
Investigators have confirmed the identity of the suspect to be 32-year-old Andrew Michael Crews, 32, a resident of Bremerton, Wash.
The next-of-kin notification has been completed.
Investigators continue to gather all evidence available and speak with witnesses.
The following is a statement from the Officer in Charge of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team:
“This investigation remains in the early stages and investigators are attempting to determine a motive,” said RCMP Superintendent Kevin Hackett.
“The current evidence clearly indicates that prior to taking his own life, Crews deliberately fired at the victim. There is no evidence however to suggest the victim was specifically targeted.
“RCMP, IHIT and International law enforcement continue to work together to advance this investigation. Our thoughts are with the CBSA Officer and her family during this difficult time.”
The injured CBSA officer Lori Bowcock remains in hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Canada Border Service Agency officer shot at Douglas Border Crossing
A Canada Border Service Agency officer is in hospital and a man is dead following the shooting at the at the Douglas Border Crossing.
Surrey RCMP responded shooting at 2 p.m. Tuesday (October 16th) at the Douglas Border Crossing near Hwy 99 and 0 Avenue.
When police arrived they found a CBSA officer was shot by a lone male when he attempted to cross into Canada from the United States.
The suspect is believed to have shot himself shortly after and is deceased. There are no outstanding suspects at this time.
The female CBSA officer was airlifted to local area hospital suffering from serious injuries, however, she was breathing and conscious at the time of transport.
Her current condition is unknown.
The border is closed in both directions indefinitely and motorists are being diverted to other crossings.
“Surrey RCMP are in the early stages of this investigation and still trying to determine the sequence of events,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet. “Right now our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer and her family.”
During the onset of this investigation, police will be interviewing witnesses and obtaining video surveillance footage as well as working with law enforcement partners on both sides of the border.