Feb 18, 2014 6:58 PM

Border Patrol agent shoots, kills rock-throwing suspect

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man after he was struck in the face with a rock, officials said Tuesday.

The shooting occurred around 6:40 a.m. along Otay Mountain Truck Trail near Alta Road, southeast of Otay Reservoir and east of State Route 125.

San Diego County sheriff's homicide detective Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said two agents were pursuing what they believed to be undocumented imimgrants in the area approximately four miles east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

The two agents were separated when one was struck in the face by a rock, officials said.

"The agent, fearing for his safety, fired his duty weapon at the suspect striking him," Lt. Giannantonio said.

The suspect died at the scene. The agent asked not to be transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Two people, believed to be undocumented immigrants, were arrested.

In January, a rock measuring six inches in diameter was launched at a U.S. Border Patrol agent riding an ATV along the border.

Late last year, a large crowd pelted federal agents with rocks and bottles in the Tijuana River Channel near the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

The agency recently reported a 70-percent increase in assaults between 2011 and 2012 with rocks documented as the most common weapon used against the agents.



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