A B.C. man could be facing the death penalty in Oklahoma after his arrest Friday on a decades-old murder charge.

U.S. Border Patrol officials arrested Suhail Shanti, of Burnaby, as he applied for a NEXUS pass at the Pacific Highway crossing south of Vancouver.

People applying for the pass — which allows speedy travel between the U.S. and Canada — must undergo a detailed background check.

Results from a fingerprint scan determined that Shanti, 48, was wanted on a charge of first-degree murder in Oklahoma stemming from an incident 28 years ago.

Allegedly fled country

In December 1983, an international student from Syria was killed when he was shot twice in the head, according to an Oklahoma court affidavit obtained by CBC News.

The affidavit said a witness told authorities he sold a gun to Shanti, who was a student from Jordan. 

The shooting victim's chequebook and credit cards turned up in Shanti's apartment and police found blood stains in his car, the affidavit said.

Shanti was arrested but then allegedly fled to Jordan before his trial.

He was taken to jail in Washington state to await extradition to Oklahoma.

Oklahoma can apply the death penalty for first-degree murder.

With files from the CBC's Jason Proctor