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Gun-Toting Canadian Shot by U.S. Agents at Border Bridge

U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers on Sunday shot and wounded a man walking with a gun from the Canadian side of the border to Detroit.
Passenger and commercial traffic is shown crossing the Ambassador Bridge the connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, Friday, March 24, 2006PAUL SANCYA / AP

U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers on Sunday shot a man who was waving a handgun while walking from the Canadian side of the border to Detroit, the agency said.

The man, a Canadian citizen who wasn't identified, was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released before taken in custody, U.S. CBP said in a statement.

The shooting happened around 3:00 a.m. EST at the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit, Michigan, to Windsor, Canada. The man stopped his car before approaching the inspection booth, got out of his vehicle and started walking toward to border inspection lanes waving a gun. U.S. border patrol officers ordered him to drop his weapon, but he didn’t. Instead, the agency said he started pointing his gun in the direction of the officer, who fired upon him.

According to the CBC, the police in Windsor were first called to a McDonald's restaurant parking lot, where the man brandished his gun and said "Why haven't you shot me yet" — before getting in his car and fleeing toward the bridge.

The Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Customs and Border Protections Office of Internal Affairs and the Detroit Police Department are investigating. Messages left for U.S. border patrol weren’t immediately returned; attempts to reach the Detroit police weren’t successful.

— Miranda Leitsinger