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Mexico angry about Border Patrol shooting

The Mexican Consulate in San Diego has condemned the use of lethal force against an 18-year-old Mexican youth who was shot near the border last Friday after allegedly throwing stones at a border patrol officer. KPBS reporter Alison St. John has more.

Guillermo Martinez Rodriguez, a Tijuana resident, died in a Tijuana hospital Saturday after being shot in the shoulder by a border Patrol Agent the night before. The U.S. Border Patrol says assaults on their agents have risen dramatically from over 100 in 2004, to well over 200 incidents last year. A spokesman says the agent who shot Martinez feared for his life.
Mexican Consul General, Luis Cabrera, acknowledges border tensions are rising.

CABRERA: "But these kind of incidents do not help the kind of cooperation that has to prevail in this region. we want, both countries, a secure and safe border and it is not by the use of force that we will do this."

Cabrera says the State of Baja is conducting an investigation to see if criminal prosecution is warranted. The San Diego Police Department is also leading an investigation into the incident, that happened half a mile east of San Ysidro. Alison St. John, KPBS news.

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