US says it will not pursue charges against agent

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. officials say there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal charges against a Border Patrol agent in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Mexican national in 2010.

The Justice Department said in a news release Friday that the agent did not act inconsistently with Border Patrol policy or training regarding use of force in the death of Sergio Hernandez-Guereca on June 7, 2010.

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed Hernandez while trying to arrest illegal immigrants crossing the muddy bed of the Rio Grande. Some witnesses said a group of people on the Mexican side were throwing rocks at the agents. Agents are generally permitted to use lethal force against rock throwers.

After Friday's announcement, Mexican ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan tweeted that "Mexico strongly rejects it."

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