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Border Patrol Agent Shoots And Kills Man Near San Diego

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File photo of Border Patrol on the U.S.-Mexico border. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

File photo of Border Patrol on the U.S.-Mexico border. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say a U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man near San Diego after he was struck in the face with a rock.

San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Glenn Giannantonio says the agent was attempting to stop a group of people suspected of crossing the border illegally from Mexico on Tuesday morning. He says the agent fired at the man who threw the rock at the bottom a 75-foot ravine in an extremely rugged mountainous area.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene after first-aid efforts failed. The agent declined to be treated at a hospital for injuries that the sheriff’s lieutenant describes as minor.

The Border Patrol has been under heavy scrutiny for its use of force, particularly in response to rock attacks.

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