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Border Patrol agent shoots, kills woman in Calif

Posted: September 29, 2012 10:00 a.m.
Updated: September 29, 2012 10:00 a.m.
 

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A Border Patrol agent fatally shot a woman Friday in suburban San Diego as he rode on the hood of her car after she ran into him, authorities said.

The agent fired after being driven a couple hundred yards on the hood, Chula Vista police Capt. Gary Wedge told The Associated Press.

The shooting occurred about five miles north of the Mexican border as plainclothes agents were looking to serve a felony warrant in the area to someone other than the woman, Border Patrol Deputy Chief Rodney Scott told U-T San Diego.

Scott said the agent was stuck atop the car as the woman drove.

"Fearing for his life, he discharged his weapon to get the vehicle to stop," Scott said. No other agents fired.

The woman was declared dead at the scene, and the agent was taken to a hospital. His injuries were not clear.

Hector Salazar, a neighbor who witnessed the incident, said he saw a man in civilian clothes on the hood of a black car aiming a gun at the windshield.

Salazar told U-T San Diego the man started pulling the trigger, and he heard about five shots. Moments later, other plainclothes agents approached the car, he said.

The person named in the warrant the agents were serving was not apprehended, Scott said.

The FBI and Chula Vista police are investigating.

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