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Wounded Canadian Border Guard
Wed October 17, 2012
Wounded Canadian Border Guard Identified
Police in Canada have identified the guard shot at the Peace Arch border crossing north of Blaine, Wash. She is in stable condition as the investigation into the shooting continues.
Lori Bowcock is the Canada Border Services Agency officer who was shot in the neck at the Peach Arch Border Crossing. The officer, who is said to be in her 20s, is in stable condition.
She has been working for the border agency less than a year. She was previously a civilian dispatcher and an Auxiliary Constable with the Ontario Provincial Police.
The shooter, a lone male, was driving a White Ford Econovan, with Washington state plates reportedly registered to a house in Bremerton. Police in that city searched a house where neighbors say a man with a white van used to reside up until a month ago.
The Peace Arch Crossing, also known as the Douglas Crossing, is the third busiest along the Canada-U.S. border, and was closed for more than a day as investigators try to find a motive for the attack.
A spokesperson for the union which represents Canada's border guards cannot remember any previous shootings of its members.
Only 40 percent of the guards at this crossing have guns, and investigators have not said whether Bowcock was carrying a firearm.
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