June 9, 2010
A 15-year-old Mexican boy was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent after a group of illegal immigrants tried entering the United States. The Mexican teen threw rocks at the Border Patrol agents at a bridge near downtown El Paso, Texas.
“It is a deadly force encounter,” T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said in a statement. “One that justifies the use of deadly force.” Bonner also stated that rock throwing incidents against agents are common and capable of causing serious injury.
A U.S. official close to the investigation stated that a video shows what appear to be four Mexican law enforcement agents crossing the border, picking up an undetermined object and returning to Mexico. The official says on condition of anonymity the video shows the officer who shot the boy never entered Mexico. The boy was identified as Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca.
The agents were responding to a group of suspected illegal immigrants being smuggled into the U.S. near the Paso Del Norte bridge, across from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico around 6:30 p.m. Monday. A witness stated she saw the agent was trying to restrain one of the teenagers that was trying to cross the border illegally. At this point, she said, some of the other teens ran back into Mexico and one of them started throwing rocks at the agent.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 4:02 am