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US officials visit Nogales site of fatal shooting

August 21, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona this week visited the Nogales site where a 16-year-old teenager was fatally shot in Mexico by a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was near the border fence when the agent fired from the U.S. side of the border on Oct. 10, 2012.

The Arizona Daily Star (http://bit.ly/1tujutE ) reports that office spokesman Cosme Lopez confirmed that officials from the office were in Nogales on Tuesday. He declined to elaborate.

The Border Patrol has said the teen was among people throwing rocks at agents. A lawsuit filed July 29 by the boy’s mother said he was walking home after playing basketball.

An aunt of the boy said she saw officials taking measurements and examining bullet holes, and the Nogales International newspaper published a photo of investigators at the site.

Elena Rodriguez was in Nogales, Sonora, near the steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico when an agent shot him from Nogales, Arizona.

The Border Patrol has said Elena Rodriguez was among a group of people throwing rocks at agents across the border, endangering their lives. The ACLU, which filed the lawsuit in federal court in Tucson on behalf of Araceli Rodriguez, says the shooting was another example of border agents using excessive force without consequences.

Araceli Rodriguez said her son never had a rock or any other weapon.

The Border Patrol does not comment on pending litigation.

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