Video Undercuts Border Agent's Self-Defense Claim

Mexican teen shot at border 'had smuggling record'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2010 5:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – A US Border Patrol agent's account of the fatal shooting of a teen at the Mexican border this week is contradicted by a video obtained by CNN. The video, shot by a witness on the Mexican side of the border, shows an officer aiming at a suspect 60 feet away. The Border Patrol's account of the incident says shots were fired only after "the subjects surrounded the agent and continued to throw rocks at him."

The Mexican military has declined to confirm or deny whether Mexican troops drew their weapons on American Border Patrol agents after the incident. The victim, 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, was a high school student in Ciudad Juarez and will be buried there today. The boy's father says he was a student, not a troublemaker, although federal officials speaking under condition of anonymity tell the El Paso Times that he had a juvenile record for helping to smuggle people across the border.

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