Posted: Oct 15, 2012 1:36 PM
TUCSON - The attorney for the family of a 16-year-old boy who was allegedly shot and killed by a Border Patrol officer last week has released a photo of the teen.
News 4 Tucson reported last week that a Border Patrol agent opened fire on 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, killing him, apparently after the teenager threw rocks at agents from the Mexican side of the international border in Nogales. Agents were responding to a call about suspected drug smugglers near West International Street and Hereford Drive.
Mexican officials have condemned the shooting, calling the incident a disproportionate use of force.
"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, Sonora Mayor Ramon Guzman Munoz.
Mexican sources tell News 4 Tucson that the 16-year-old was shot at least seven times, and there were at least eight bullet holes in the building behind him.
"They're criminals right?" They probably got what they deserved," said Greg, a passerby in Nogales, Arizona, when questioned by News 4 Tucson reporters last week. "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."
The 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.
The family's attorney is expected to speak to the press this afternoon - tune in to News 4 Tucson for a full report.
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