Mexico condemns fatal shooting over border by U.S. agent

MEXICO CITY Mon Jul 9, 2012 1:24am EDT

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican government on Sunday condemned the fatal shooting of a Mexican citizen over the U.S. border by a U.S. agent.

The victim was hit by a single bullet on Saturday, close to the Tomates-Veterans border crossing in Matamoros, over the river from Brownsville, Texas, Mexico's Foreign Relations Ministry said in a news release.

The shot was fired by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, the ministry said in the release.

"The Mexican government has reiterated that the disproportionate use of lethal force in immigration control is unacceptable under any circumstances," it said.

Officials for the Border Patrol were not immediately available for comment.

According to media in Brownsville, an agent reported that he had fired in response to rocks being thrown over the border.

(Reporting By Ioan Grillo; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (13)
mgoblue0970 wrote:
Ummm… Mexico… How about getting your house in order before you start running your mouth.

…and before you comment about US law, take a look at your own constitution for a change.

Jul 09, 2012 1:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
wecurb56 wrote:
It is amusing how Mexico does not recognize America’s right to defend its border, but has no problem using deadly force to defend its own southern borders.

Jul 09, 2012 1:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
borncitizen wrote:
Oh no, this Agent is in trouble. The Agent was probably trying to do his job and unfortunately this will be seen as an act to block voters for the election.

Jul 09, 2012 1:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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