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June 06, 2007

Shooting case has border agents on edge

Agents are now more likely to avoid situations in which they might have to use deadly force

By Daniel Gilbert
The Christian Science Monitor 
ARTESIA, N.M.  — The US border agent stands tense, gun drawn, while an illegal border-crosser from Mexico curses at him in Spanish and reaches into her purse.

"Don't move!" shouts the agent, but the woman keeps digging through the purse, suddenly brandishing ... (bang!) ... a long knife.

The agent's shot is high and to the left, appearing as a blue dot on the projection screen. The simulated encounter is over, and Ricardo Gonzalez wipes sweat from his forehead. "I did not want to underestimate her," the trainee tells the superviser administering the test.

Full story: Shooting case has border agents on edge

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