Man killed near US-Mexico border identified

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SAN DIEGO – The identity of a man killed by a US Border Patrol agent near the US-Mexico border was released Wednesday.

Fatal Border Patrol ShootingHomicide detectives with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department used fingerprint comparison to identify Jesus Flores-Cruz as the suspect shot to death. The fingerprints of the 41-year-old man matched the records from a 1996 arrest by the US Drug Enforcement Agency, according to detectives.

Flores-Cruz was a suspected illegal immigrant who threw several large rocks at a U.S. Border Patrol agent striking him in the head and prompting him to open fire with his service pistol, fatally wounding him, authorities said.

The identity of the agent involved in the shooting has not been released.

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