Grand Portage Customs Officers Lose One Of Their Own

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 18:06 PM

Customs officers at the Grand Portage border crossing are dealing with the tragic death of one of their own.  

Officials say last night at around 6pm, police on the American side responded to a call about a male customs officer who had been found fatally shot.  

They say it appears the wound was self inflicted.    

A sheriff says the officer was well known and respected in the community.    

No other details are available at this time.  

Customs & Border Protection Officer Found Fatally Shot at Border


March 20, 2017 – At approximately 6 pm on Sunday, March 19, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from the Grand Portage Port of Entry where a male US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Officer was found fatally wounded from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The name of the CBP Officer is being withheld while an investigation continues and autopsy is completed.

“This is an extremely tough loss,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen. “He was well known and respected in the community and protective service agencies, and our hearts and prayers are with his family, colleagues and community during this difficult time.”

No further details will be released at this time.