Border Patrol Agent Kills Man Who Crossed From Mexico

A border patrol agent shot and killed an illegal alien, in defense against an attack. The illegal alien threatened him with a softball sized rock. The Mexican consulate is claiming that the illegal alien was “unarmed”.
OK, now the prospect of being plunked on the head with a three and a half pound rock doesn’t sound very appealing to me. I can imagine the border agent felt much the same way. In most courts of the world, the illegal alien would be found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon. Here in the U.S…??
I wonder how much jail time this border agent will get for defending himself?

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man who threatened him with a softball-sized rock at the border, the agency said Tuesday.

The agent fired an M-4 assault rifle at the man, who had escaped from a scuffle with another agent as he tried to run back into Mexico, said Border Patrol spokesman David Kim.

The victim, whose name, nationality and immigration status were not released by U.S. authorities, was pronounced dead from one bullet wound at El Centro Regional Medical Center after the incident Monday. Kim said he did not know where the man was struck.

Pablo Arnaud Carreno, Mexico’s consul in Calexico, said the victim was a Mexican man who was apparently in the U.S. illegally. The Mexican government asked U.S. authorities for a thorough investigation.

“It seems unjust to shoot someone who is unarmed,” Arnaud Carreno said Tuesday.

The shooting, reported Tuesday in the Imperial Valley Press, occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. in Calexico, about 120 miles east of San Diego.

Border Patrol agents saw seven people climb a border fence, run to the All-American Canal and attempt to cross the waterway in rafts, Kim said. The victim was in a raft that turned around back toward Mexico.

Kim said the agent fired after seeing the man’s arm cocked back with a rock in his hand.

Other people continued to throw rocks at the agents, Kim said. A Molotov cocktail that had failed to explode was later found nearby.

The FBI is investigating and the Imperial County coroner’s office was performing an autopsy. The Border Patrol declined to identify the agent.

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