facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Border Patrol: Man shot, killed after throwing rocks at agent

Feb. 19, 2014 at 8:52 AM   |   Comments

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man who was allegedly throwing rocks at him about 4 miles from a border crossing in California, officials said.

The man was shot early Tuesday in a mountainous region east of the Otay Mesa crossing, Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

Police said two agents were tracking two men suspected of entering the United States illegally when one of them came across a third man, U-T San Diego reported. The third man ran away and one of the agents chased after him.

At one point the man allegedly began throwing rocks, striking the agent, despite repeated requests to stop, Giannantonio said.

A rock hit the agent in the head, the lieutenant 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," Giannantonio said.

The man died at the scene.

The agent, whose name wasn't reported, had minor injuries and was treated and released from a hospital. He was placed on administrative leave.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Poll: Voters don't like Republicans but will vote for them Poll: Voters don't like Republicans but will vote for them
2
Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son Texas woman set for execution for starving girlfriend's son
3
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
4
Occupy Wall Street celebrates 3-year anniversary by forgiving $4 million of student debt Occupy Wall Street celebrates 3-year anniversary by forgiving $4 million of student debt
5
Light 4.0 earthquake shakes Seattle area Light 4.0 earthquake shakes Seattle area
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback