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Canada Border Services Agency officer found dead at Pearson Airport

A Canada Border Services Agency officer was found dead in Terminal 3 of Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday night, the agency confirmed on Saturday.

Peel Regional Police say a man shot himself in an employee area on Friday night

Canada Border Services Agency says the number of refugee claims made at Saskatchewan's border has spiked this year. (CBSA)

A Canada Border Services Agency officer was found dead in Terminal 3 of Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday night, the agency confirmed on Saturday.

Peel Regional Police said they received a call for medical assistance at about 8:20 p.m.

Const. Mark Fischer, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said Friday night that a man shot himself inside the airport but not in a public area. He said police are treating the death as a suicide. 

Peel Regional Police said Saturday there is no ongoing investigation.

"There are no outstanding parties," Const. Harinder Sohi, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said. "There is no investigation continuing from our end."

Sohi said the incident did not affect the public and flights were not disrupted.

Several officers responded to the call, along with criminal investigation officers from Peel Regional Police's airport bureau, a sergeant and a duty inspector.

The Canadian Border Services Agency said in a news release that the "exact circumstances" of the death have yet to be determined and it will conduct a "thorough review." It said the employee was found dead at about 8 p.m.

"As the CBSA grieves the loss of one of its officers, we are committed to supporting the officer's family and colleagues during this difficult time. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family," the statement reads.

Antonella DiGirolamo, spokesperson for the CBSA, declined to confirm that the death was a suicide.

"The travelling public is safe," she said.

Out of respect for the family, the agency said it is not releasing further details at this time.

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