17 year-old Ramses Barron was killed when he fell from the border fence after being shot in the arm. He was throwing rocks at border patrol agents during a drug bust at 3 AM in the morning.
But, that wasn’t the headline.
The U.S.-Mexico border fence in Nogales, about one mile east of the Mariposa Port of Entry. (Tuscon Citizen)
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A 17 year-old Mexican man was shot and killed at the border after he attempted to assist drug smugglers by throwing rocks at US border agents.
Of course, the state-run media leaves out the important details until the 9th paragraph.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent was involved in a shooting on the Arizona border with Mexico on Wednesday that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy trying to illegally scale the border fence, Mexican police said.
Ramses Barron was found dead outside a hospital in Nogales, Sonora, in the early hours on Wednesday with a wound from a bullet fired by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Sonora state police said citing witnesses. Three men left Barron’s body at the hospital, hospital workers told police.
Barron, a Mexican, attempted to cross the tall fence between Nogales and its sister city in Arizona of the same name under cover of night, police said in a statement.
“At that moment (as he was climbing the fence), a United States Border Patrol agent shot at him, sending him falling onto gravel on the Mexican side,” the statement said.
Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman David Jimarez said an agent was involved in an early morning incident in near the fence but said events were still unclear.
“There was an agent involved in a shooting in Nogales, Arizona, although the details are very sketchy. We are not aware of the injuries involved in the incident,” he said.
Jimarez said the FBI was leading the investigation.
FBI special agent Manuel Johnson said the incident occurred at around 3. a.m. local time.
“Border Patrol agents were attempting to arrest alleged drug smugglers. …when bystanders began to throw rocks” at them, Johnson said. “A Border Patrol agent responded by firing a shot at an alleged rock thrower.”
Frustrated by tighter security on the U.S.-Mexico border, illegal immigrants and drug traffickers regularly pelt U.S. agents with rocks, take shots and even throw gasoline bombs.
Border Patrol agents are wary of using their weapons as shootings of illegal immigrants have raised tensions between the United States and Mexico in the past.
More… KSWT says the boy died after he fell and hit his head on a rock.