U.S. Border Patrol agents assist with victim of shooting and prevent suicide

CURLEW, Wash. - Members of the U.S. Border Patrol from the Curlew Station assisted with a shooting victim and another person who was attempting to commit suicide on Monday.

The incident took place at around 1 p.m. when agents received a request for assistance from the Ferry County Sheriff’s Office for a 36-year-old male who had sustained a gunshot wound while attempting to prevent another person from committing suicide. 

When agents and deputies arrived, the suicidal person had fled and was later found threatening to jump from a cliff near the scene of the shooting.

A Border Patrol Agent circled behind the person and removed him from the cliff.  The person was then safely brought down the hill by agents and deputies on a stretcher for his safety.  

Both the shooting victim and suicidal person were transported by Ferry County Emergency Medical Services to a local hospital.

“Living and working in the northern area of Washington requires all area law enforcement to operate together as a cohesive team,” Patrol Agent in Charge Daniel McElheran said. “This often results in the need for agents to be available to assist local law enforcement at a moment’s notice.  We are proud of the work we perform and are grateful to work with our partners for the benefit of our community.”