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Tag: juan mendez

Border Patrol Agent in Tex. Fatally Shoots Unarmed Teen After Struggle

Border PatrolBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and other agencies are probing an incident Friday in which a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas shot and killed an unarmed teen who was driving a pickup truck filled with marijuana,the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the driver Juan Mendez,18, of Eagle Pass, Tex., died after getting into a struggle with an agent.

According to the AP report, the agent stopped 18-year-old Juan Mendez’s vehicle around 9 a.m. and Mendez tried to escape and struggled with the agent, who then shot him twice as he broke free. Authorities captured a 15 year old who ran from the truck.

Authorities said they found 325 pounds of marijuana in the truck, AP reported. The agent has been placed on routine administrative lead pending the outcome of the investigation.

“CBP regrets the loss of life and awaits the results of the investigation into this incident,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dennis Smith, according to AP.