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Tag: California-Mexico border

Border Patrol Agent Who Fatally Shot Rock-Throwing Suspect Had Just Over 2 Years on Job

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Border Patrol agent who pulled the trigger in a deadly shooting along the California-Mexico border last week had just over two years on the job, ABC 10 News reports.

Agent Daniel Basinger is now back on duty.

The shooting happened around 6:40 a.m. on Feb. 18 after two agents split up to capture fleeing suspects who were trying to cross the border into the U.S. That’s when a third suspect was spotted.

Basinger “ordered the man to stop in English and Spanish but he fled on foot,” Giannantonio said. “The agent chased after him, following him down a ravine and back up the opposite hillside.”

The agent then came under attack from fist-sized rocks thrown by the suspect.

“One of the larger rocks struck the agent in the head,” he said. “Fearing that another rock strike to the head could kill or incapacitate him, the agent fired his duty pistol at least twice at the man, striking him.”

Mexico Lashes Out Over Fatal Border Patrol Shooting at Border with California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Mexican government is incensed over the latest fatal Border Patrol shooting of an undocumented migrant on the California-Mexico border.

CNN reports that Mexican authorities accused the agency of using excessive force against a Mexican national Jesus Flores Cruz, who was shot after an agent was hit with a rock.

The agent did not seek medical help.

At least 28 people have died in encounters with CBP since January 2010, according to CNN.

Some advocacy groups accuse agents of being too quick to use force.