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Authorities ID Man Who Died In Custody At San Ysidro Port Of Entry

Cars wait to enter the United States from Tijuana through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, Dec. 3, 2014.
Gregory Bull / Associated Press
Cars wait to enter the United States from Tijuana through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, Dec. 3, 2014.

Authorities have released the identity of a 40-year-old U.S. citizen who died Christmas Eve after a border inspector shot him with a Taser at the nation's busiest crossing.

The San Diego County medical examiner said Tuesday that the man is Francisco Manuel Cesena of El Cajon. A cause of death for Cesena has yet to be released.

San Diego police said he jumped over a counter and attacked an inspector after being taken to a separate area for questioning at the San Ysidro Port of Entry connecting San Diego and Tijuana. A records check showed he was wanted on a felony charge.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Cesena was "combative" and attacked two inspectors on Wednesday. The agency said officers found heroin during a body search.

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