FBI investigating after US Border Patrol fatally shoots Mexican man in El Paso

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EL PASO, Texas — A Mexican citizen was fatally shot by the U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday afternoon at the Ysleta Border Patrol Station, officials said.

The shooting happened about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the man was in custody when he was shot. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the FBI, which is leading the investigation. 

The Mexican Consulate in El Paso confirmed the man was a Mexican citizen and that he was being processed at the station when criminal charges against him were discovered. 

Officials have not said what led up to the incident, and details about the person killed and how many Border Patrol agents were involved were not disclosed. 

A statement from Border Patrol said agents at the station were “involved in a shooting incident” and “one person in custody was shot and transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.” 

Border Patrol spokesman Agent Carlos Rivera said he could not confirm information posted on social media that claimed the detainee was shot after a confrontation with officers, citing the ongoing investigation.

A shooting was reported at the Ysleta Border Patrol Station in far East El Paso on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.

Over 230 people have died as a result of encounters with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol since 2010, according to the Southern Border Communities Coalition.

Detention Watch Network, a group advocating to end immigration detention in the U.S., said in a statement to USA TODAY that the immigration enforcement system is “plagued by inhumane conditions” and lacks accountability.

Detention Watch Network program director Stacy Suh told USA TODAY that people detained at the border, no matter the reason, often have no “recourse or remedy” in the situation.

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