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U.S. Border Patrol agent kills man near San Diego

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 2:22 p.m. CST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say a U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man near San Diego after he was struck in the face with a rock.

San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio says the agent was attempting to stop a group of people suspected of crossing the border illegally from Mexico on Tuesday morning. He says the agent fired at the man who threw the rock at the bottom a 75-foot ravine in an extremely rugged mountainous area.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene after first-aid efforts failed. The agent declined to be treated at a hospital for injuries that the sheriff's lieutenant describes as minor.

The Border Patrol has been under heavy scrutiny for its use of force, particularly in response to rock attacks.

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