Update: Man shot, killed by U.S. Border Patrol at Canada border was wanted for murder (VIDEO)

A U.S. Border Patrol agent reportedly shot and killed a “suspected illegal border crosser” Thursday after being assaulted near the U.S. border with Canada, according to local media.

The agent was patrolling the border near Sumas, Washington, around 2:30 p.m. when the man, whose identity has not yet been released, confronted the agent on Kneuman Road, The Bellingham Herald reported. The agent then reportedly shot the man in the head, which prompted a call over police radio requesting immediate backup. The herald reported that multiple radio dispatches reported the agent was hit with pepper spray, which didn’t seriously injure him.      

Multiple agencies are involved in the investigation led by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Bill Elfo told The Herald. Some 3/4 miles of Kneuman Road were taped off while the agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Border Patrol and local police investigated the scene.

Guns.com contacted multiple agencies involved in the investigation and is awaiting further details as they develop.

Updated 1:30 p.m. PST March 20:

The man who was shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Thursday in Washington along the U.S. border with Canada was wanted for murder, Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo told reporters during a press conference Friday. Elfo would not release the name of the man, the agents or which jurisdiction the man was wanted in.

Updated 12:50 p.m. PST March 20:

The U.S. Border Patrol issued a statement regarding the shooting, which involved two agents who responded to a sensor activation along the border. Officials are still trying to identify the substance sprayed at one of the agents. Both agents, with experience ranging from 10-20 years at the agency, are on administrative leave pending investigation, per agency standard procedure.

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