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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mexico, U.S. argue over jurisdiction in teen's fatal shooting

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It's not clear where a Border Patrol agent was standing when he fatally shot a Mexican teenager, and that could complicate an already tense situation between the two countries.

As we noted yesterday, a 15-year-old named Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka was killed Monday under a railroad bridge between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. A U.S. source says they have video showing the agent was on the U.S. side of the border and suggests that Mexican authorities crossed into the U.S. The teenager's body was found 20 feet on the Mexican side, though, and the wound indicates the weapon was fired from close range, the AP reports. The shell was found "nearby," though who knows how "nearby."

If the shooting happened in Mexico, it'd be a violation of Border Patrol rules. And the Mexicans will probably argue for a homicide prosecution in their country.

The agent reportedly fired in a self-defense because several people were throwing rocks at him as he tried to arrest border-crossers. The head of the Border Patrol union said: "It is a deadly force encounter, one that justifies the use of deadly force." Luckily, everyone is staying calm:

Pointing their rifles, Mexican security forces chased away U.S. authorities investigating the shooting of a 15-year-old Mexican by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on the banks of the Rio Grande, the FBI and witnesses told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

People march in the Chihuahuaita neighborhood of El Paso, Texas for a candle light vigil Wednesday night, June 9, 2010 . The community came together to honor the life of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Güereca,15, who was killed by a Border Patrol agent Monday. (AP Photo/Vanessa Monsisvais/The El Paso Times)

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