11/15/2000

Border Patrol suspect death
leads to Justice Department inquiry

PoliceOne Staff Report
(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- For the third time this year U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed a Mexican man in a close-contact struggle on Sunday, according to authorities.

The two agents involved in the shooting have been placed on leave while the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General, the FBI and the Nogales police investigate, according to the Associated Press.

Juan Pinacho Rodriquez, 26, from the Mexican state of Chiapas, died shortly after he was shot trying to grab one of the agent's weapon. The other agent shot him several times, the AP said.

According to Mexican Consul Roberto Rodriquez Hernandez, Pinacho entered the US two days before and had been picked up by police for acting aggressively and erratically.

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