A Border Patrol agent whose use of a Taser caused a deadly car explosion acted reasonably, a judge ruled in dismissing a wrong-death lawsuit against the agency, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Alex Martin died after his car exploded when the agent used the Taser following a chase.
U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns said the agent responded in a reasonable manner given the tense situation.
The incident happened after Martin, 24, initiated a chase in San Diego that ended after his tires were flatted by a spike strip.
When agents surrounded Martin’s car, he appeared to reach in the center console, prompting one of the agents to fire a Taser through the window, causing an explosion.