Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mexico laments death of citizen shot by US border agent

Published 11/06/2016 | 18:11

The US Border Patrol officer said he was in fear for his life
The US Border Patrol officer said he was in fear for his life

The Mexican government has said a man fatally shot by a US Border Patrol agent was a Mexican citizen and it "deeply regrets" the incident.

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The foreign relations department said: "Mexico has repeatedly said the use of lethal force in immigration control and border security should be used as a last resort."

Border Patrol officials say the man assaulted the agent after illegally crossing the frontier near Yuma, Arizona, late on Thursday.

The agent said he feared for his life and opened fire after the man hit him in the head and tried to take his gun.

The agent suffered cuts and bruises to his head, face and torso, as well as a concussion. He is on administrative leave.

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