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Mexican president confronts Clinton over border shooting

By the CNN Wire Staff
Cars wait in typically long lines to enter the United States from Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico.
Cars wait in typically long lines to enter the United States from Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he protested to Hillary Clinton about death
  • A 40-year-old Mexican man was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent
  • State Department spokesman declines to comment on Calderon-Clinton interaction

(CNN) -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he confronted U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the shooting death of a Mexican by a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Both leaders were in Guatemala for a summit earlier this week.

"In Guatemala I protested to Secretary Clinton about the death of the Mexican in Tijuana," Calderon said via his Twitter account Wednesday night. "I demanded punishment for those responsible."

The president's strong words were "retweeted" by more than 100 others Wednesday night and Thursday, but many replied with criticisms.

I demanded punishment for those responsible.
--Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
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"You protested for only one person? What about the more than 30,000 deaths in the entire country? No more bloodshed!" tweeted one user.

A State Department spokesman told CNN that "we regret the loss of life and take any such incidents seriously" but declined to comment on Calderon's interaction with Clinton.

San Diego police and FBI officials are investigating the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Jose Alfredo Yanez Reyes by a Border Patrol agent during a rock-throwing altercation at the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

The incident involved two agents and three migrants allegedly trying to cross the border, authorities said.

Yanez Reyes was shot in the left eye.

The slain man had been throwing rocks and a piece of nail-studded wood, which struck one of the Border Patrol agents in the head, the Border Patrol told police.

The name of the Border Patrol agent has not been released, though police identified him as a three-year veteran of the agency.

 
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