Skip to comments.Border Agent Kills Man Who Threw Rock at Him
Posted on 02/19/2014 11:11:48 AM PST by Impala64ssa
Agent was patrolling known smuggling trail near San Diego
A US Border Patrol agent who claims he feared for his life after a rock hit his head reacted by shooting and killing the man who hurled the stone. It marks the ninth fatal shooting involving rock throwing since 2010. The unnamed agent was patrolling a smuggling trail east of San Diego early Tuesday when he came upon men suspected of crossing the border illegally; rocks were thrown at him, with one hitting his head. The San Diego Union-Tribune describes one of them as being as large as a basketball, and many of the rest fist-sized. The AP reports that the incident fuels an ongoing debate over whether lethal force is justified as a response to rock attacks. The Border Patrol has long maintained that rocks are deadly weapons, and has rejected proposals that would prevent it from responding to them with deadly force.
Under current policy, agents can use deadly force if they have a reasonable belief that their lives or the lives of others are in danger. Agents were attacked with rocks 185 times in the 2012 fiscal year, making it the No. 2 type of assault, according to the Department of Homeland Security inspector general. They responded with gunfire 22 times and with less-than-lethal forcesuch as pepper spray and batons42 times. The rock-thrower was pronounced dead at the scene; it's unclear how many times he was shot, but the agent fired at least twice. The agent has been placed on paid administrative leave, reports the Los Angeles Times.
At other times or in other countries securing the borders would have meant responding with gunfire 185 out of 185 times.
Silly Mexican brought a rock to a gun fight.
If any liberal wants to see if a fist sized rock is dangerous, I’ll be happy to use you as a demo.
I’d be for shooting them whether they threw rocks or not.
A rock can be a deadly weapon, especially if thrown at someone who is patrolling by himself in the middle of nowhere.
To whom it may concern:
I’ll stand on Home Plate, you stand on Second Base.
Let me throw 3 rocks at you.
Then tell me the capacity for a rock to kill or maim.
When you’re an illegal alien, it isn’t very bright to clobber a federal agent with a boulder. You can’t fix stupid. Give him a Darwin Award posthumously.
that rocks ;-)
Notice how this Corporate Media "news article" is written to give the impression that it is merely the Border Patrols opinion that rocks are a deadly weapon. The hack that wrote this tripe has rocks in his head.
When sneaking illegal into this Country, do throw rocks at people.
I cannot wait until the Mexicans start using fire arms and declaring the Border Patrol personnel invaders trespassing on reconquered territory.
The border fence near San Diego is like the Maginot Line. The illegals go around it. The fence stops in the area where this shooting happened. I am familiar with that area. There is so much foot traffic in the hills there that you can see the trails from miles away.
The rock size only determines the number of rocks needed.
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Good riddance to this illegal alien scum..I hate it how the media calls these cockroaches “Illegal Immigrants” they are cockroaches who sneak across the border ILLEGALLY
I'll bet you'll need rotator cuff surgery afterwards. Best keep those rocks down to a weight of 5 oz. or so.
Bet you’re wrong!
I can still throw a 70 mph fastball across home plate.
Not draft material, but have your ability tested at the ballpark some time.
How dare he protect himself. I thought THE FOREIGNERS orders were to help them get over the border and on their way to the U.S.
Now that’s what I call good gun control!
Nice shooting Agent!
Exactly. The first of Jesus’ Apostles to be killed was killed with mere rocks; rocks can do some real damage ...
I don't doubt you. But Home to 2nd base is twice as far and throwing it as hard and fast as you can.
I ruined my cuff by doing that very thing with a baseball when I wasn't prepared for it...backing up the catcher trying to nail the runner headed for 2nd.
The blame for shootings like this falls squarely on the shoulders of the federal government, which has neglected enforcement of US immigration laws for all but those who try to enter legally for decades and encouraged the lawless conditions at the southern border.
Balls in, coming down!
I’d like to see someone throw a basketball sized rock.
You mean like in Mexico ?
“Rocks don’t kill or maim? Just ask the Israelis who live near the Gaza”
Ask goliath too.
i wouldhave. a rock can kill you or knock you out and leave you helpless until they can kill you.
Some throw rocks others throw lead.....what’s the problem???
if rocks can’t kill you then someone better tell the muslims stoning ain’t doing the job.
Take your leave of absence
A "fist sized rock" I can see but this?
The San Diego Union-Tribune describes one of them as being as large as a basketball
I doubt that I could pick up a rock, "the size of a basketball", much less throw it.
Tribune newspaper - prone to exaggeration?
I do that with cell phones a couple times a year.
Well, more directly they exploded when hitting a wall at 90 mph....
Stoopit smawt phones....
It is a convenient generalization to describe all rocks as being "thrown" although some posts over time have described the catapults. One particular case was when they catapulted drugs over the fence near the Imperial Sand Dunes.
Big rocks more dangerous than a barking dog.
I’ll be expecting a La Raza protest.
I seen that too, dude must have been ripped
ya...but the right sized rock would still be going 50 mph at 2nd base.
...as it would have exceeded 70 at the half way point.
A basketball really isn’t that big (29.5” circumference), so a basketball-sized rock of average density would only weigh about 40 pounds. I’m sure you could pick it up, though most people could not throw such a rock very far.
I guess the writer has never heard of stoning as a means of execution.