A surveillance camera recorded the incident Wednesday night in which a Border Patrol agent fired into Mexico amid an alleged rock assault, apparently killing a 16-year-old boy from Sonora, an agency spokesman said.

“There was camera footage and it was turned over to the FBI. It’s now considered evidence, so it was turned over to the FBI,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Victor Brabble told the Nogales International on Saturday.

The unidentified agent fired into Mexico shortly before midnight on Wednesday from the area of West International Street and Hereford Drive, apparently striking and killing José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, who was found face down in a pool of blood on a sidewalk below. CBP operates a camera tower from a spot on the south side of the intersection.

Brabble declined to discuss what the video shows, saying: “I can’t comment specifically on anything in the footage because it’s considered evidence.”

According to a statement released by the Border Patrol on Thursday, agents saw smugglers drop a drug load over the fence into the United States and flee back into Mexico. At that point, suspects on the Sonora side of the fence reportedly began throwing rocks at the agents.

“After verbal commands from agents to cease were ignored, one agent then discharged his service firearm. One of the subjects appeared to have been hit,” the statement said.

Luis Parra, a Nogales, Ariz.-based attorney who is representing Rodríguez’s family in the United States, was dubious of the statement that only one agent had fired. He said the video would help clarify the circumstances of the shooting.

“All we need to see is the video. And to that end, it’s up to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona to inform the public as to what’s contained in that video and hand it over,” Parra said.

Parra said prosecutors in Sonora had given him a glimpse of an autopsy report indicating that Rodríguez was shot at least six times: twice through the head and four times through the lungs.

The medical office behind Rodríguez was also pockmarked with bullet holes. Nogales, Sonora Mayor Ramon Guzman told The Associated Press on Friday that Rodriguez was killed in “a hail of bullets.”

The physical location of the shooting has raised questions as well. The area from where the agent reportedly fired is on a hill, approximately 10-15 feet above Calle Internacional in Nogales, Sonora, where Rodríguez was found dead. The border fence rises another 25 feet, creating a challenging angle for a rock-thrower trying to throw over the barrier and hit an agent. However, a well-aimed toss could breach the fence through one of the 4-inch gaps in the bollard-style structure.

Citing the potential for serious injury or death, the Border Patrol allows its agents to use lethal force in response to rock assaults. There have been at least four reported incidents in Nogales since 2010 in which agents fired at alleged rock-throwers with lethal weapons. In the only other case involving a fatality, a Border Patrol agent fired into Mexico and killed 17-year-old Ramses Barron Torres of Nogales, Sonora on Jan. 5, 2011.

In early 2011, the Border Patrol reported that its Nogales-based agents had suffered 300 assaults during the previous fiscal year – most of them from rock-throwings. According to agency statistics, that number dropped by nearly 63 percent in the year after the Border Patrol completed its taller, stronger border fence through town in August 2011.

For their part, Mexican authorities have condemned the use of firearms to repel rock attacks. In a statement issued in response to Wednesday’s shooting, Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat, or SRE, said the death of Rodriguez was another example of excessive force by U.S. border agents.

“The disproportionate use of lethal force while performing immigration control is unacceptable under any circumstances,” it said. “Cases of this type, especially due to their regular occurrence, have been rejected by Mexican society and all the political powers and forces of the country.”

Parra said he and Roberto Montiel are representing Rodríguez’s family in the United States “for any kind of civil claims, and as victim advocates, as well.” Sonora-based lawyer Manuel Iniguez Lopez is representing the family on the Mexican side.

Parra and Montiel met Friday with the family and an official from the SRE’s Mexico City headquarters, as well as Jaime Paz y Puente, the Mexican consul in Nogales, Ariz., he said. He’s also been in close contact with investigators in Mexico.

‘Good young man’

Parra described Rodriguez as a “very good young man” with no juvenile criminal record. He said he was in the process of completing his secondary education in hopes of joining the Mexican military.

“He had no tattoos because of the fact that he wanted to join the military,” Parra said.

Part of Rodriguez’s motivation to enlist and get out of Nogales stemmed from recent personal difficulties, Parra said. Rodriguez’s father was killed by gunfire approximately two years ago, he said, though he was not certain of the circumstances of that shooting.

Following his father’s death, Parra said, Rodriguez’s mother moved to the Guaymas area for a job. Rodriguez stayed in Nogales with his grandparents, who lived in the barrio known as La Capilla a few block from the site of the shooting.

His older brother worked at a local Oxxo convenience store, and Rodriguez would often walk to the store to meet his brother prior to ending his shift at midnight, Parra said.

“At this point, what we’re hearing is that the young man could quite possibly have been walking toward that Oxxo to help out his 19-year-old brother as he was closing his shift” on Wednesday when he was shot, Parra said.

He said he and the other attorneys are asking the media to respect the family’s privacy as the investigation unfolds.

“He was a very good young man, and obviously this is very difficult for the grandparents and for the mother,” he said.

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