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Prosecutor: Border Patrol Agent Justified in Fatal Shooting

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Border Patrol agent was justified when he fatally shot a 20-year-old Canadian who crossed the border illegally in March and sprayed the agent with bear spray, the Associated Press reports. 

Whatcom County Prosecutor Dave McEachran said the agent did everything he could to avoid a fatal encounter with Jamison Edward Childress, retreating and warning the man that he would be shot if he deployed the beer spray.

Canadian police were looking for the man from Prince George, British Columbia, because he was wanted on murder charges.

When confronted at a border near Sumas, Washington, he reportedly screamed, “Kill me!” at officers.

A responding agent retreated but had run out of places to go, according to the report.

“The officer was sprayed before he fired,” McEachran said. “The officers could see this huge cloud sprayed. It was coming right at his face, he shot his gun at that point, then was overcome by the spray.”

Two shots were fired. One bullet was recovered in the autopsy.

Border Patrol Kills Second Suspect in 1 Week After Car Runs Checkpoint

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

For the second time in Texas in one week, a Border Patrol agent shot and killed man.

The Associated Press reports that agents fatally shot the man after he drove through the inspection checkpoint at 5 p.m. Thursday.

According to authorities, the motorist was in the inspection lane on Interstate 10 in Sierra Blanca, about 80 miles southeast of El Paso.

Border Patrol agents pursued the car for about 30 minutes before the man brandished a gun.

“A pistol-shaped pellet gun was recovered from the individual’s vehicle,” according to the statement.

Border Patrol agents said they came under fire on Wednesday and shot back, killing one suspect on the U.S. side of the border.

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Baltimore Prosecutor: FBI Agents Won’t Be Charged in Fatal Owing Mills Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents won’t be charged after opening fire on a suspected gang member in Baltimore, according to a report on the fatal shooting, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The decision was made by the Baltimore County state’s attorney’s office, which decided that the agents were acting in self-defense.

Agents fired 19 rounds, striking Jameel Kareem Ofurum Harrison, 34, six times.

The report states that Harrison “put the vehicle in reverse, accelerated past two witness vehicles, then struck a third witness vehicle. At that point the driver made a movement that placed three agents in fear of death or injury, causing them to discharge their weapons.”

Harrison died at the scene.

Jury Trial to Begin in Case of FBI Agent Who Shot His Ex-Wife in Virginia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent is about to find out what it’s like to be a defendant in a criminal trial.

Arthur “Art” Bernard Gonzales, 43, is charged with second-degree murder in the April shooting death of his estranged wife in Virginia.

Jury selection in his trial begins today, Fredericksburg.com reports.

Gonzales told a 911 operator that he shot his wife in self-defense after she tried to stab him with a knife.

The couple, who had two children, ages 10 and 12, got divorced in June 2012.

L.A. Times Editorial: It’s the U.S.-Mexico Border, not the Wild West

By L.A. Times
Editorial 

Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide.

As The Times’ Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent report by the nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum sharply criticized the agency for a “lack of diligence” in investigating fatal encounters involving its agents. The report, based on internal case files of 67 shooting incidents leading to 19 deaths between January 2010 and October 2012, also faulted some of the agents’ practices, including positioning themselves in the “exit path” of fleeing vehicles apparently as a pretext for opening fire in self-defense. Not only is that contrary to commonly accepted policing practices, but it endangers passengers in the car as well as the agents, since a dead driver can’t control a moving vehicle.

The report also reinforced earlier findings by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General on the even more bizarre practice of agents firing across the border when people on the other side throw rocks at them. Yes, a thrown rock can cause significant damage, including death if it strikes an unprotected head. But to respond to rock throwing with live ammunition across an international border — on 22 occasions in 2012 — strikes us as excessive. Was there really no other way to address the problem?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Homeland Security Department, is the biggest police agency in the nation. It has doubled in size since 9/11 and now employs more than 43,000 Border Patrol agents and customs officers.

Certainly there are dangers involved in patrolling the border, and agents must be able to protect themselves. But the agency must also train its employees to operate professionally and not to respond to aggression with excessive force.

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