County won't prosecute border agent in shooting
PHOENIX (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent won't be prosecuted by Cochise County authorities for the 2011 fatal shooting of a young man on the U.S.-Mexico border in Douglas in southeastern Arizona.
The Arizona Republic reports that Chief Criminal Deputy Doyle Johnstun said Agent Lucas Tidwell was defending himself when he shot 19-year-old Carlos LaMadrid.
Johnstun says the County Attorney's Office decided some time ago against prosecuting Tidwell but delayed disclosing its decision until after the U.S. Justice Department's announced recently it would not prosecute Tidwell.
LaMadrid was shot as he climbed a ladder over the border fence. According to authorities, another man at the scene was throwing large rocks at Tidwell.
Federal authorities said their investigation showed LaMadrid was in the line of fire between Tidwell and the rock-thrower.
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