An hour before a simulated terrorist attack was the focus of a joint exercise nearby, U.S. Customs employees at the Peace Bridge Tuesday morning had to deal with a real-life attempt by a woman to storm through the border check.
Immigration Inspector Edward O'Connor suffered a gash to his head, requiring 12 stitches, while trying to restrain the woman.O'Connor was treated in Millard Fillmore Hospital.
Nicole Moore, 32, of Peterborough, Ont., was charged with a felony count of assault and a misdemeanor count of obstructing governmental administration.
At about 8 a.m., Ms. Moore reportedly walked across the bridge and was refused entry to the United States for undisclosed reasons. O'Connor told Buffalo police he saw Ms. Moore walking across truck lanes, with bridge employees yelling for her to stop.
Ms. Moore was running toward the inspection lanes when O'Connor grabbed her in a bear hug, according to police reports. He lost his footing on the slippery grade, and as he tried to keep her from hitting the inspection booth, he hit the ground with the force of both of their bodies.
On the ground, bleeding from a head injury, O'Connor tried to hold onto Ms. Moore but she bit him in the left arm and hand and took off running around the vehicles in the inspection lanes.
Another officer repeatedly ordered Ms. Moore to stop, and only after three blasts with a chemical spray was she subdued and handcuffed.
Later, at the Connecticut Street Armory, 600 law enforcement, emergency and government personnel were participating in an exercise simulating a terrorist attack on local border crossings, including the Peace Bridge area.