In what appears to be a repeat of an incident last June, a U.S. Border patrol agent shot and killed a Mexican boy who was allegedly throwing rocks at agents while they were arresting drug smugglers. The incident, according to FBI special agent Manuel Johnson, occurred around 3:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday at Nogales, Arizona.
According to Johnson, Border Patrol agents were arresting drug smugglers on the U.S. side of the border when bystanders on the Mexican side began to throw rocks at the agents. As one of the rock throwers was climbing over the fence, an agent fired his weapon at him, striking him, and knocking to the ground
The boy, Ramses Barron, was found dead outside a hospital in Nogales, Mexico, the Mexican city by the same name that shares the border with Nogales, Arizona. Why he was not taken into the hospital was not mentioned. However, the practice of dropping bodies of wounded or dead smugglers by their fellow smugglers outside hospital doors is a common practice to avoid being identified.
According to Mexican police, witnesses described the incident and provided them with detail. Likewise, the Tucson sector of the Border patrol, released a statement confirming an early morning incident near the fence.
The Tucson Border Patrol sector is no stranger to violent drug smugglers. Last month, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed just over two weeks ago during his squad’s contact with a drug smuggling “rip crew” in the middle of the night.
Also in the Tucson sector is where Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, an outspoken critic of the federal government’s inadequate border security, has recently authorized his deputies to use deadly force to deal with violent drug smugglers. In his county, smugglers not only have shot at his deputies, but recently is was discovered that they were impersonating law enforcement officers by using cars with lights and sirens to pull over people to rob them.
Whether or not an investigation by Mexican authorities will provide any reliable details remains to be seen. In the incident last June in El Paso, Texas, a rock thrower on the Mexican side of the border was also killed by a border patrol agent making an arrest in El Paso, Texas. Mexican authorities tried to claim the agent killed the youth in cold blood and filed a formal complaint with the U.S. government. They also released the results of an “investigation” supporting their claim.
Camera footage of the incident showed a group of Mexican nationals under a bridge accessing a hole in the border fence to gain entry into the U.S. When an agent arrived on the scene, the individuals fled back toward the Mexican side of the border, but not before one of them were detained by the agent. As the agent took custody of the individual, the others started coming back across the border and throwing stones at the agent in an effort to rescue the person in custody. The agent fired his weapon at one of the individuals and killed him.
A later video is reported to show Mexican law enforcement officers illegally crossing the border and retrieving an object on the ground, then going back and placing the object near the body on the Mexican side. They later claimed they found a .40-caliber shell casing near the body and it was proof that the U.S. Agent crossed the border and shot the youth, however the video shows that their claims were made up. In addition, later reports also showed that U.S. federal arrest records listed the boy as one of El Paso’s most wanted juvenile drug smugglers with a previous arrest record.
One thing is certain, until the border is secured, these types of incidents will continue to happen, and more people will be killed. (Sources listed below)
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