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Posted: Jul 10, 2012 4:53 PM

Updated: Jul 11, 2012 6:43 AM

BROWNSVILLE - U.S. and Mexican officials today refused to comment on a deadly shooting involving a Border Patrol agent. But they said they are investigating on both sides of the border.

Officials said tensions between both countries stifled all discussion of the Saturday incident at today's meeting.

Mexican officials claim 30-year-old Juan Pablo Perez Santillan of Matamoros died from gunshot wounds after a Border Patrol agent fired at him Saturday near the Veterans-Los Tomates International Bridge.

Border Patrol administrators said their agents came under attack in two incidents.

The first confrontation happened when agents arresting a group of illegal immigrants were attacked by other immigrants who threw rocks at them before fleeing to Mexico. The second clash happened when an agent spotted a man pointing a firearm at them. Officials said the agents fired their weapons in both incidents because they feared for their lives.

Border Patrol said no one was hit when the agent fired at the rock throwers. They are not sure if anyone was hit in the second incident.

Topics: mexico, u.s., border patrol shooting, juan pablo perez santillan

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