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Mexico: Investigate border shooting / May 19, 2006
SAN DIEGO, California (AP) — The Mexican government called for an investigation Friday into a shooting by two federal agents that left
one person dead at the world’s busiest border crossing. A union representing the Border Patrol agent involved in the shooting defended the officer’s conduct.
The shooting took place Thursday afternoon after U.S. agents surrounded a sport utility vehicle that was under surveillance on suspicion of immigrant smuggling, police said. The driver refused to get out, and when agents smashed the vehicle’s window with a baton, he accelerated in the direction of five U.S. agents blocking his path and “nearly pinned an agent standing next to the vehicle,” said San Diego police Lt. Jeff Sferra.
A Border Patrol agent and a U.S. customs agent opened fire. The Border Patrol agent’s shots proved fatal, police said. The driver, identified
by the Mexican Consulate as Oscar Abraham Garcia, 22, of Tijuana, Mexico, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators have not said whether the driver was armed.