Customs Officer Commits Suicide At Minnesota Border Crossing

A United States Customs and Border Protection officer shot and killed himself in the parking area of the U.S. port of entry in northeast Minnesota on Sunday afternoon.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed that the shooting is believed to have occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pigeon River crossing on the border between Minnesota and Ontario near Grand Portage on the North Shore.

Customs and Border Protection “is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of its own.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to the officer’s family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time,” the agency said in a statement. “Vigilance — a core value for CBP — includes looking out for our own employees. … CBP has an active suicide prevention and awareness program to maintain awareness among both employees and supervisors.”

The identity of the officer has not yet been released.

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