October 27, 1997 in Nation/World

Gunman Shot, Killed At U.S.-Canada Border

Compiled From Wire Services
 

An armed man’s bid to rob a taxi driver ended Sunday when he was fatally shot by authorities near a tunnel to Canada. The gunman had shot a motorist during an ill-fated carjacking.

Police did not immediately release the name of the gunman.

Earlier in the evening, police thought the man had opened fire at the Windsor Tunnel’s entrance after instructing the taxi driver to disregard a border checkpoint.

Police also clarified earlier reports that two motorists were wounded by the gunman. Only one man - the driver of the vehicle the gunman tried to commandeer - was shot by the gunman.

That motorist - 63-year-old Anthony Saura of St. Clair Shores, a Detroit suburb - was treated at a local hospital and released.

Federal officers and Detroit police fatally shot the gunman on the U.S. side of the tunnel, a heavily traveled passage linking downtown Detroit to Canada.

“The guy went on a rampage and started shooting,” said Benny Napoleon, Detroit’s executive deputy police chief. “Why? We don’t know. We’re trying to find that out.”

Napoleon said the shooting spree occurred at around 5:15 p.m. Sunday.


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