Feds close probes into 2 Arizona border shootings

Rikki Mitchell

Feds close probes into 2 Arizona border shootings

CREATED Aug. 9, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - Federal authorities say they won't pursue criminal charges against U.S. Border Patrol agents involved in separate 2011 fatal shootings in southern Arizona.
   
The Justice Department in Washington announced Friday that its decisions were based on facts developed during independent and comprehensive investigations into the incidents.
   
Authorities say 19-year-old Carlos LaMadrid was shot in Douglas at the international boundary fence separating the United States from Mexico in March 2011.
   
Douglas police say LaMadrid was seen loading bundles of drugs into a vehicle and failed to stop when pursued by officers.
   
In the other incident, authorities say 17-year-old Ramses Barron-Torres was fatally shot at the international boundary fence in Nogales in January 2011.
   
The teen reportedly was throwing rocks at agents who were trying to thwart drug-smuggling attempts.

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