SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say a man shot after throwing large rocks at a U.S. Border Patrol agent was a 41-year-old Mexican citizen who died after suffering two gunshot wounds.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department released the name of suspect Jesus Flores-Cruz Wednesday night along with the new information on his death.
Authorities said the identity of Flores-Cruz was confirmed by a fingerprint match with a 1996 arrest by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. No further details on the arrest were released.
The Sheriff's Department says that on Tuesday morning Flores-Cruz began throwing increasingly larger rocks at the unidentified agent who suspected him of crossing the border illegally. The agent said he was hit in the head with a rock and fired at least twice in fear for his life.