PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has found that a U.S. Border Patrol agent was justified in the fatal 2011 shooting of a suspect who was caught in a line of fire while fleeing in southern Arizona.
Judge James Soto ruled on April 25 that agent Lucas Tidwell cannot be held liable for the killing of Douglas resident Carlos LaMadrid because Tidwell was within the law.
The Tucson Sentinel reported the ruling this week.
Authorities say LaMadrid was attempting to climb a border fence from Arizona into Mexico with the help of two people.
One threw rocks at Tidwell, who fired his weapon after one of the rocks nearly hit him in the head. LaMadrid was caught in the line of fire and killed.
The shooting is one of several in which border agents have fired at rock-throwers, raising concern among civil rights groups.