Border shooting now a federal case in Mexico.

Mexico’s federal Attorney General’s Office has taken over that country’s…

Mexico’s federal Attorney General’s Office has taken over that country’s investigation into the deadly shooting of a Nogales, Sonora teenager near the border fence last week, the Sonora state prosecutor’s office said Monday.

“The matter was turned over to the federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR),” said Jose Larrinaga Talamantes, spokesman for the state Attorney General’s office, or PGJE. “They have the investigation now that it’s been determined that the shot was indeed fired from the United States.”

Sonoran state officials had previously reported witnesses saying that 17-year-old Ramses Barron Torres, who died at approximately 3 a.m. on Jan. 5, had been climbing the fence as he fled back into Mexico when a Border Patrol agent shot him. However, a 17-year-old Nogales, Sonora youth who claimed to have witnessed the shooting told Radio XENY that Barron Torres had been standing five or six meters on the Mexican side of the fence when he was shot.

Larrinaga said Friday that a surveillance camera in the Nogales, Sonora neighborhood of Buenos Aires had captured the shooting on videotape, but that his office in Hermosillo was still waiting for it to arrive. However, The Associated Press cited an anonymous high-ranking Sonora state official as saying the video was shot from far away and contained images too blurry to be conclusive.

The FBI, the agency leading the investigation into the shooting on the U.S. side of the border, has said only that Border Patrol agents were attempting to arrest suspected drug smugglers near the fence when bystanders began throwing rocks at them. At that point, an agent fired at one of the rock-throwers.

Neither the FBI nor Border Patrol have said whether the Border Patrol video cameras in the area captured the shooting.

The Border Patrol said the agent who fired the shot was placed on administrative leave.

Source: Nogales International

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