Border Patrol Agent Called for Non-Lethal Weapon Before Fatal Shooting

Border Patrol Agent Called for Non-Lethal Weapon Before Fatal Shooting

"The Border Patrol agent who shot and killed 17-year-old Ramses Barron Torres in 2011 made a last-minute call for non-lethal weapons prior to shooting through the border fence into Mexico, according to a new account of the shooting.  The 10-page final report on the shooting from the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, provided to the NI after a Freedom of Information Act request, cites a radio request by the unnamed agent for a pepperball launcher in the moments leading up to the fatal shooting near Escalada Drive on the east side of Nogales around 3 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2011.  The fact that the agent considered a non-lethal alternative to disperse alleged rock-throwers, yet had no immediate access to one, raises further questions about the Border Patrol’s interest in avoiding fatal shootings." - Curt Prendergast, Nogales International, Nov. 22, 2013.