Friday, May 19, 2006
The Mexican government is calling for an investigation into a shooting by two federal agents at the San Ysidro border crossing that left 22 year old Oscar Garcia of Tijuana dead.
A union representing the Border Patrol agent involved in the shooting defended the officer's conduct. Meanwhile, San Diego police are interviewing witnesses to the incident.
Police Department spokesman Kevin Rooney, says the investigation could take up to one month to complete. He says U.S. Border Patrol agents received a tip that an SUV with six passengers, might have been carrying illegal immigrants and they followed it to the border crossing where it stopped. Rooney says a border patrol agent tried to open the driver's door, but it was locked:
Rooney: "The agent broke the driver's window with a baton, the suspect quickly accelerated toward a group of agents that were positioned in front of the vehicle and two of them did end up firing their weapons."
Rooney says the 22 year old driver died inside the SUV. He says four passengers will be deported to Mexico. The fifth passenger, a 26 year old man and the driver's companion, was arrested for smuggling. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.