Mexico accuses U.S. agent in border shooting

The shooting occurred near the border between Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico, officials said.

Story highlights

  • Mexican officials say a fatal shooting occurred along the U.S. border
  • Mexico's foreign ministry condemns a "disproportionate use of lethal force"
  • A border patrol spokesman says two agents opened fire during "dangerous encounters"
  • The FBI is investigating, the spokesman says
Mexico's foreign ministry has accused a U.S. border patrol agent of fatally shooting a Mexican citizen over the weekend.
The shooting occurred near the bridge that connects Brownsville, Texas, with the Mexican town of Matamoros, the foreign ministry said Sunday in a statement condemning the violence.
The ministry said a Mexican national died after being shot by the U.S. agent, but did not release details about the circumstances surrounding the Saturday violence.
"The Mexican government has repeatedly expressed that the disproportionate use of lethal force in the exercising of immigration control functions is unacceptable under any circumstance," the foreign ministry said, calling for a thorough investigation.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said two agents fired shots Saturday morning during "dangerous encounters" along the border.