Detroit — U.S. authorities say border agents shot and wounded an armed Canadian man as he walked toward an inspection station on the Ambassador Bridge.

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol representative said it happened about 3 a.m. Sunday on the U.S. side of the bridge that connects Detroit and Windsor.

Kris Grogan said in a statement the man “stopped his car before approaching the inspection booth, exited his vehicle and started walking towards the primary inspection lanes waving a handgun.”

Grogan said officers ordered the man to drop the gun, but he refused. Grogan said the officers shot and wounded the man, who was treated at a hospital and then jailed.

Grogan said the man “is a citizen of Canada and has had previous encounters with Canadian law enforcement.”

The Windsor Star reported Sunday police had confronted the man before the bridge incident.

Windsor Police said officers arrived at a parking lot around 2:40 a.m., and a man got out of a black Ford Explorer carrying a gun. He walked towards a McDonald’s as officers ordered him to put down the gun.

Police told the Star he reportedly turned to them and asked, “Why haven’t you shot me yet?” He got back into his vehicle and fled by driving over the curb and sidewalk.

The statement said the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Internal Affairs and Detroit Police are investigating.


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