Mexico protests fatal Border Patrol shooting

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SAN DIEGO — Mexican officials Thursday protested the fatal shooting of a Mexican man this week by a Border Patrol agent who was trying to take him into custody.

Fatal Border Patrol ShootingJesus Flores-Cruz was shot twice by a Border Patrol officer at about 6:40 a.m. Tuesday in the White Cross area of the Otay Mountain Range, roughly four miles east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, according to sheriff’s investigators.

“The Secretariat of Foreign Relations of Mexico is profoundly concerned by the death of Mexican national Jesús Flores Cruz,” said Martha Varela Barrigan, spokewoman for the Mexican Consulate in San Diego. “The use of lethal force in border control operations is unacceptable.” The Mexican Government expects that those responsible for Flores Cruz’ death will be held accountable.

Varela Barrigan urged the Border Patrol to adopt restrictions on the use of lethal force suggested by the Inspector Geneal of the Department of Homeland Security as a step toward eliminating unnecessary deaths along the border.

According to San Diego County Sheriff’s investigators, the agent was chasing Flores Cruz in a rugged ravine. The agent shot Flores Cruz after he began throwing rocks.

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