Arizona border shootings

2013-09-26T00:00:00Z 2013-10-18T19:16:15Z Arizona border shootingsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Border Patrol agents shot three people in Southern Arizona between October and December last year.

Border Patrol agent Nick Ivie died near Bisbee in the early morning of Oct. 2, 2012, in an exchange of gunfire with fellow agents.

The night of Oct. 10, Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was shot many times on a sidewalk in Nogales, Sonora, downhill and across the street from the border fence that the agent fired through.

The 2012 fatal shooting of Elena Rodríguez, 16, is still being investigated. Authorities said a group of people were throwing rocks when a Border Patrol agent fired through the border fence, but a witness has said Elena Rodriguez wasn’t throwing rocks.

In August, the Justice Department said it wasn’t prosecuting the Border Patrol agents who shot and killed Ramses Barrón Torres and another teen, Carlos LaMadrid, in separate 2011 incidents along the Arizona border.

Barrón Torres, 17, was among three people throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents, the Justice Department has said, even after the agents asked them to stop. An autopsy determined the cause of death was a bullet that entered through his right arm and went through his chest, puncturing his lungs and spleen.

The Justice Department said it lacked jurisdiction in the Barrón Torres case because he was slain on the Mexico side of the border.

LaMadrid, 19, was shot in the back several times as he climbed a ladder against the border fence to evade authorities in March 2011. The government said the Douglas teen was in the line of fire because people were throwing rocks at the agents from the top of the fence. The family is suing the government in federal court.

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