The man fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near Sumas on Thursday was wanted for a homicide in ”another jurisdiction,” the Whatcom County sheriff said Friday.
The man fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near Sumas on Thursday was wanted for homicide, said Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo.
Elfo declined to name the city where the homicide took place nor offered additional details on that incident during a news conference Friday morning.
Later Friday, the Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the dead man as Jamison E. Childress, 20. Childress died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
No hometown was given.
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Elfo, during the news conference, said the man’s citizenship has not been confirmed.
According to the Abbottsford, B.C., News, a man named Jamison Edward Childress was facing several charges in Northern British Columbia. He was scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday on assault and mischief charges, but a warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to show up in court.
He was also due to stand trial in Fraser Lake, B.C. this fall on charges of theft and possession of stolen property under $5,000, the newspaper reported.
Childress had crossed over the border illegally from Canada when he encountered two Border Patrol agents, he said. After Childress “aggressively” approached one agent and sprayed some type of chemical irritant, the agent fired and hit the man, Elfo said.
Asked if Childress was armed, Elfo said investigators found a hatchet inside a backpack.
Chief Dan Harris Jr. of the Customs and Border Patrol ‘s Blaine Sector said the two agents who confronted Childress have been placed on administrative leave. Their names were not released.
He said the two agents have between 10 and 19 ½ years of service.
The agent who was sprayed with the chemical required medical attention but was not seriously hurt.
In a short statement Thursday night, Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Michael Friel said the FBI has been briefed and a multiagency team will investigate the shooting.
Authorities had earlier said the man who was killed is not Daniel Paul, wanted in connection with the slaying of his girlfriend in Vancouver, B.C. and subject of a Seattle Police Department bulletin.
The small border crossing at Sumas is about 100 miles north of Seattle.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this story.