The FBI is investigating the death of a Mexican resident who was allegedly shot over the Rio Grande River by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, the Associated Press reports.
The 29-year-old man was killed Saturday by a single bullet over the border from Brownsville, Texas.
A spokesman for the Border Patrol said two agents shot into Mexico after the man threw rocks at them. Firing a gun to “neutralize” rock attacks is an acceptable use of force, the spokesman, Enrique Mendiola told Reuters.
“A rock could be considered a lethal weapon and we are going to respond. Agents have been very badly injured by rock attacks,” Mendiola said. “Our agents are highly trained and regardless of where the threat is coming from, our agent is going to respond to neutralize it.”