Border Agent Shoots and Kills 14-Year-Old Boy on US Side of International Bridge

"An emergency radio broadcast to El Paso police at 6:43 p.m. stated a Border Patrol agent had fired into a crowd of people."


If oil and the mideast crisis weren't enough, a new breaking report is sure to stir up feelings on the also-still-simmering immigration debate again.

The Associated Press reports, "A US Border Patrol agent shot and killed a 14-year-old boy after a confrontation at an international bridge near downtown El Paso, Mexican authorities said Tuesday."

According to US Customs and Border Protection spokesman Doug Mosier, only one person was shot "Monday evening on the U.S. side of the Paso Del Norte bridge, across from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico."

The AP article notes, "Chihuahua State officials released a statement Tuesday demanding a full investigation into the death of the boy, identified as Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca."

"FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons said she had no other details, including the whereabouts or condition of the suspect," the AP article adds. "Simmons said the agent wasn't injured [and] the FBI was leading the investigation since it involved an assault on an officer."

At the El Paso Times, Daniel Burunda reports, "U.S. authorities would not confirm if someone died, but Mexican news media reported a young man was dead. Some outlets showed photos of the body under the Puente Negro, or the Black Bridge, just west of the Paso del Norte Bridge."

"It started as an assault on a Border Patrol agent," said Special Agent Andrea Simmons, a spokeswoman for the FBI in El Paso. The FBI is the lead agency in the case because it investigates assaults on federal agents.

About 6:45 p.m., a Border Patrol agent was attacked before he fired his weapon, Simmons said.

Simmons said it had not been determined how many agents were involved in the confrontation nor how many attackers and whether they were armed or not.

"An emergency radio broadcast to El Paso police at 6:43 p.m. stated a Border Patrol agent had fired into a crowd of people," the El Paso report claims.

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