Illegal Immigrant Taser Death Ruled a Homicide

The Mexican migrant was shot with a stun gun by a U.S. immigration officer

Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
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Illegal Immigrant Taser Death Ruled a Homicide

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The death of a Mexican migrant has been ruled a homicide, five days after he was shot with a stun gun by a U.S. immigration officer, according to the San Diego County medical examiner's office.

The coroner said Wednesday that methampetemaine abuse and hypertension contributed to the death of Anastacio Hernandez, who died from cardiac arrest at a Chula Vista hospital.

San Diego police Capt. Jim Collins says the 32-year-old was shot with a stun gun by a Customs and Border Protection officer Friday night at a San Diego border crossing.

Hernandez became combative with agents who were preparing to hand him over to Mexican officials in Tijuana after he entered the United States illegally, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Jacqueline Dizdul. She said he ignored repeated orders to stop fighting and wrestled two Border Patrol agents to the ground.

Collins says results of the investigation will be sent to federal prosecutors, who will determine if criminal charges are filed.

Mexico has condemned the use of force against Hernandez.
     

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