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Sheriff: Mexican Shot by US Agent Threw Big Rocks

February 20, 2014  | 

A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man who officials said assaulted him with a barrage of rocks in rugged terrain near the Otay Mesa border crossing Tuesday morning, reigniting a debate over whether agents should use lethal force against rock throwers, reports the Union-Tribune.

The unidentified agent fired his gun Tuesday after Mexican national Jesus Flores Cruz hurled several large rocks, including one about the size of a basketball, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, which is leading the investigation, reports the Washington Post.

“Fearing that another rock strike to the head could kill or incapacitate him, the agent fired his duty pistol at least twice at the man, striking him,” sheriff’s homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.

Tags: Border Patrol Agents, U.S.-Mexico Border


Comments (13)

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TX Lawman @ 2/20/2014 7:03 PM

Well done officer. I dare ANY congressman or bureaucrat or commander to stand in front of me and let me throw rocks, bricks, etc at them. We'll tell them they can't shoot, they have to get me to stop by talking to me. Ha! It's ashamed the officer had to use deadly force but deadly force was being used against him. Need to tell the Mexican Government to keep their people on their side and they won't get in a situation where we are forced to kill them. Stay Safe Blue and go home every night no matter what it takes.

Paul @ 2/20/2014 7:46 PM

What Debate ?????? Can anyone debate the Mexican was NOT trying to kill him?? Is a rock any different than a knife or other deadly weapon/instrument?
Not in our state and I'd bet a month's salary it is similar in most every other state too. There is no debate..

Serpico @ 2/20/2014 8:42 PM

Mexicans have been attacking this nation for 20-30 years or more! It's time to fight back! I don't think Jesus Flores Cruz would make a great candidate for Amnesty do you? Disrespecting and trying to kill a BA? Why does the Gov. cover for Illegals? I'm sure the freaks at the SPLC and ACLU will side with the attacker! http://www.groundzeromedia.org/switching-masters/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_World_Order_(conspiracy_theory)

Seek the truth no matter where it takes you.

Louie Enrique @ 2/21/2014 12:54 AM

Was that Mexican at the border expecting the Border Agent to throw a rock back at him? Our Agents shouldn't have to tolerate this treatment, like going home with injuries at the end of long shifts. Our LEOs are trained in UOF to always apply higher level and appropriate methods to subdue, stop, end and neutralize an attacker! But for this one incident, yep, there'll be many blood sucking attorneys who'd make the case, even the young ones who are like starving, migrating reef sharks, and who are still paying for their law school college loans. Maybe someday our "witty, caring, courageous" government would return our crosshairs technicians to support and augment our brave Border Agents from a distance of 1000m! God Bless America and her neighbors?

Brian @ 2/21/2014 6:15 AM

Really, what is there to debate? A person is trying to illegally cross the Mexican/US border and when confronted by a LEO, he chooses to throw rocks at the officer. The last time I checked a rock has the potential to cause serious bodily injury and/or death. Glad the officer was able to go home at the end of his shift.

Capt. Crunch @ 2/21/2014 9:47 AM

The Mexican must be a real dumba## bringing a rock to a gun fight.

Bob @ VA @ 2/21/2014 11:14 AM

Capt. Crunch - Exactly what I was thinking. A good candidate for a Darwin Award. Nice shooting by the agent.

TERRY ZECH @ 2/21/2014 1:06 PM

Sounds like the officer followed the force continuum to the letter. He talked to him and tried to approach but was getting stoned. I am sorry that he had to shoot the guy but unless you got a taser that shoots 25 yards or better than he did what hehad to do. Good job and stay safe.

Ron F @ 2/21/2014 5:26 PM

There are certainly lot of armchair quarterbacks out there! The LEO used the force necessary to stop his threat. He took the appropriate action and returned home safely after his shift was over! Good job, he deserve a medal for a job well done!

GAPP @ 2/23/2014 5:58 PM

Rocks kill, the officer only used reasonable force to negate the threat to his life or the lives of those under his protection. Enough said.

Greg @ 2/24/2014 5:38 AM

"Gomez Arnau, the consul general, said Thursday that the U.S. should heed recommendations against lethal force, including the proposed ban on killing rock-throwers."

Hmmmm, and illegal aliens should heed the US laws about druggies or any of their citizens crossing over our border without a welcome. As agent Terry learned, don't give these scum a break or benefit of a doubt.

Caleb @ 2/24/2014 8:30 AM

Was the officer supposed to run away? Or keep his gun holstered and throw rocks back at him?

Cal Green @ 3/14/2014 6:26 PM

A basketball? LMFAO.

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