Driver begged border cops to kill him
A Canadian man shot last week by U.S. Customs officers at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit while brandishing a fake gun had said he wanted to die, officials said.
Stefan Baraslievski, 22, bought an Airsoft BB gun a week before the Dec. 21 shooting that injured him. He spray painted the gun black to resemble a real firearm, according to an affidavit filed last week in federal court.
According to court documents, Baraslievski drove an SUV to an inspection lane at the border in Detroit and walked toward customs officers pointing the gun. An officer ordered him to drop the weapon, but Baraslievski refused.
Fearing for his safety as Baraslievski pointed his gun at Customs Border Patrol officers, one officer said he went back into his inspection booth to take cover and draw his weapon.
"The officer saw Baraslievski continue to advance toward him and other CBP officers," Kevin Cronin, special agent for the Department of Homeland Security, wrote in the affidavit. "The officer heard several gunshots and saw the muzzle flash from another CBP officer's firearm."
Officers fired four shots, with only one striking him, in the upper arm. Baraslievski dropped to the ground and yelled "Just shoot me. I want to die. It's a fake gun," according to the affidavit.
He was taken into custody and transported to Detroit Medical Center for treatment.
Baraslievski is charged with forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating and interfering with federal law enforcement officer using a dangerous weapon.
Before the incident at the border, Baraslievski allegedly tried to have Windsor police shoot him at a McDonald's, according to court documents.
Baraslievski called police to report a man with a gun at the restaurant.
"It appears that Baraslievski made that call about himself, in an effort to have Windsor police respond to the scene and possibly shoot or kill him," Cronin wrote.
Windsor police responded and during a brief standoff Baraslievski pointed the BB gun at officers telling them to shoot him.
Baraslievski then fled from police to cross the Ambassador Bridge, according to court documents.