Mexico Outraged After Teen Killed by Border Patrol
Agent reportedly opened fire on rock-throwers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 12, 2012 8:14 AM CDT
In this photo taken Aug. 9, 2012, vehicles drive along the border fence in Nogales, Mexico.   (Ross Franklin)

(Newser) – A US Border Patrol agent, responding to reports of suspected drug smugglers, opened fire on a group of people throwing rocks from across the Mexican border, killing a teenage boy and eliciting outrage from the Mexican government. Authorities said the agents in Nogales, Arizona, had responded to reports of suspected smugglers near the border about 11:30pm Wednesday. The agents watched the pair abandon a load of narcotics, then run back to Mexico. As the agents approached to investigate, people on the Mexican side of the border began throwing rocks and ignored orders to stop, and one agent opened fire.

The Sonora state attorney general's office in Mexico said Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, from Nogales, Sonora, was found dead at the border from gunshot wounds. Mexico's Foreign Relations Department issued a statement later saying it "forcefully condemned" the shooting and has called for an investigation. The Border Patrol would say only that one person "appeared to have been" shot by the agent. The FBI was investigating.

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oblivion328
Apr 28, 2015 9:30 AM CDT
A government agent shooting and killing someone across the border is essentially an act of war.
CBP Whaledragon
Jul 5, 2014 10:44 AM CDT
Whats so funny, or NOT so funny is all you idiots that are against what happened don't even think about what if it was the other way around? Try and go into another country illegally and see what happens to you. The USA is one of the most forgiving countries out there! Most other countries shoot and ask questions later! Go throw rocks in the middle east over a border and see how fast you die? They were trying to do their jobs and the shooting was justified to protect the safety so they could CONTINUE to do their jobs!
right2dave
Oct 14, 2012 2:22 PM CDT
I have a number of Lantinos in my "mixed" family. They are very intellegent poeple. Why is it these dumb Fs at the boarder can't figure it out....You don't throw rocks (deadly objects) at people with guns. Good chance you'll get shot.