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Border Patrol agent is indicted in 2010 fatal shooting

US Border Patrol agent indicted in fatal 2010 shooting of teenager along Arizona-Mexico border

Border Patrol agent is indicted in 2010 fatal shooting

TUCSON, Arizona (AP) -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been indicted in the fatal 2010 shooting of a teenage boy along the Arizona-Mexico border.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted agent Lonnie Swartz on a charge of second-degree murder.

Swartz allegedly fired through the border fence into Nogales, Sonora and fatally wounded 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez on Oct. 10, 2012.

The boy's family has filed a civil lawsuit in the case.

The Border Patrol said last year that Swartz acted after rocks were thrown over the fence as agents and police officers tried to stop two suspected drug smugglers.

Swartz's lawyer Sean Chapman told the Arizona Daily Star ( that his client will plead not guilty at an Oct. 9 arraignment.

Chapman says he expects the case to go to trial.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star,

Updated : 2021-06-24 00:58 GMT+08:00