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Oct 12, 2012 9:42 PM by Erika Flores

Mexico condemns border patrol shooting that left Mexican national dead

TUCSON - Mexican officials are speaking out against the Border Patrol shooting in Nogales Wednesday.

Border Patrol agents got a call Wednesday night about suspected drug smugglers near West International Street and Hereford Drive.

Investigators said suspects were throwing rocks at the agents.

One agent opened fire, killing a Mexican citizen.

News 4 received confirmation that the victim is 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.

The Mexican condemned the shooting, calling the incident a disproportionate use of force.

It was an active scene on the Mexican side of the border fence the street blocked off where the 16-year-old died.

"They shouldn't have done that," said Nogales, Sonora resident Guadalupe Molina.

The shooting happened when agents responded to the reports of suspected drug smuggling Wednesday night.

The rock throwers were reportedly trying to distract Border Patrol, so that the smugglers dangling from the top of the fence could get away.

"The authorities need to clarify this situation," said Humberto Matia from Nogales, Sonora.

The Nogales, Sonora mayor condemned the shooting.

"It's not appropriate to take away the life of a human being, no it's not appropriate. It's not permitted. Let's see what the authorities resolve," said Nogales Mayor Ramon Guzman Munoz.

Mexican sources tell News4 the 16-year-old was shot at least 7 times, and there were at least 8 bullet holes in the building behind him.

"They're criminals right?" They probably got what they deserved," said Greg, a passerby in Nogales, Arizona. "One, seven, what's the difference?"

To the Mexican government, there is a difference.

The embassy of Mexico the United States released this statement:

"It is imperative that the authorities investigate this in a transparent way that will lead to the appropriate consequences. The Mexican government will also do what it appropriate within their jurisdiction."

U.S. Border Patrol's response:

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection is fully cooperating with the FBI-led investigation."

We also reached out to the Mayor of Nogales, Arizona.

He said it's unfortunate what happened, but he won't comment any further until all the facts are presented from the investigation.


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