FBI investigates boder patrol shooting.


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jsalcedo
May 22, 2005, 08:34 PM
FBI investigators say that a Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a 16-year-old Mexican boy had feared for his life.

A separate Office of the Inspector General investigation into the May 11 shooting of the illegal entrant is still under way.

The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. on the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation near Ajo when a white Dodge pickup truck failed to stop for a Border Patrol agent, officials said.

Officials with the FBI and the Border Patrol have declined to answer questions about the circumstances that led to the shooting: whether the agent's vehicle was struck by the truck before or after the agent fired, and how the agent was able to get ahead of the pickup truck and shoot into the cab. They say the case is still under investigation.

The driver, Juan de Jesus Rivera, 16, from Sonoyta, Sonora, was fatally wounded. He died at University Medical Center three days later, said his aunt, Gloria Mitchel. She and the boy's father viewed the body at a Tucson funeral home Friday before joining a caravan to escort him home to Sonoyta.

"It's sad that these things happen," the black-clad woman said quietly as she walked out of the funeral home to the truck that carried her nephew's coffin.

The family received very limited information about the shooting, she said.

Charles Griffin of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said the agent was standing outside his vehicle "when the driver of an illegal alien load attempted to assault him with his vehicle. The agent feared for his life, discharged his weapon and fatally wounded the driver."

The agent, whom he did not identify, is back on duty. Six people in the truck were arrested and questioned by FBI agents, who investigated the case as an assault on a federal officer, he said.

FBI spokeswoman Deborah McCarley said some people successfully fled the truck after the shooting.

McCarley said the agent "fired at the vehicle coming toward him," but declined to elaborate how the agent was able to get ahead of the Dodge truck or how many agents were involved in the pursuit.

The Mexican consul in Tucson, Juan Calderón Jaimes, did not return several telephone calls seeking comment about the shooting.

In Arizona, the FBI has investigated nearly every shooting between Border Patrol agents and illegal entrants as an assault on a federal officer.

In many instances, agents were rammed, shot at, and grappled with in what's become an increasingly dangerous job.

Last year, for example, an investigation of an assault on a federal officer was opened after an illegal border crosser grappled with an agent, causing the agent's gun to go off and wounding both men. In a 2003 case, Alejandro Soto Santos was sentenced to five years for trying to run down an agent near Rio Rico the year prior.

http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/border/76199.php

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Biker
May 22, 2005, 10:26 PM
If he'd stayed home and avoided breaking our laws, I suspect he'd still be alive. No sympathy here.
Biker

R.H. Lee
May 22, 2005, 10:28 PM
It is sad that it happened. But why does it merit an FBI investigation?

Gunsnrovers
May 22, 2005, 11:08 PM
Frankly I'm OK with all shootings being investigated. Someone died and someone should take a look at things to make sure it was a good shoot. Ducks are in a row, things check out, close the book and move on. Things are hinky and someone needs to pay for taking another persons life. I'm not ready to let folks get a free pass to be judge, jury, and executioner.

The Border Patrol is a Federal Agency. Seems like the feds would be the ones to look into it. An investigation is also a pretty nebulous word. There are big investigations and there are little ones.

Just don't see an issue in that.

Waitone
May 22, 2005, 11:11 PM
Great! I also assume the FBI will be working with the Mexican federales to identify the goons firing on our BP with full auto weapons upon several occasions. Then there is that small matter of the Park ranged murdered. I could go on but why? The FBI is on the case and justice will be done. :rolleyes:

Standing Wolf
May 22, 2005, 11:19 PM
If he'd stayed home and avoided breaking our laws, I suspect he'd still be alive. No sympathy here.

Well, yeah, but the wannbe killer was just doing a job most Americans don't want to do, right?

Art Eatman
May 22, 2005, 11:39 PM
Can we puh-leeze save the sarcasm?

Art

beerslurpy
May 23, 2005, 12:02 AM
1 down, 10+ million to go.

If you sneak into the country, breaking the letter and spirit of the law, how can you then expect the protection of that same law?

You cant be a member of society for the purpose of receiving its protections and benefits but not be a member of society when you are confronted with laws that you find inconvenient. Illegals dont obey traffic laws, insurance laws, tax laws and even many of the more ancient laws against murder and theft.

Then again, the flood of illegals makes it very painful to have a socialiast government, as CA is discovering now. Thoughts?

Infidel
May 23, 2005, 12:08 AM
.... why does it merit an FBI investigation?
Two reasons that I see:
.... the FBI has investigated nearly every shooting between Border Patrol agents and illegal entrants as an assault on a federal officer.

It seems to me that an assault on a Federal officer is within FBI jurisdiction, and
The incident happened about 4:30 p.m. on the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation
Isn't any homicide on a reservation handled by the FBI?

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