Wrongful Death Claim Filed Against U.S. Border Patrol
On September 28, a 32-year-old woman was killed in Chula Vista by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The incident unfolded after the woman, a mother of five, left an apartment where a different individual was being served a warrant by the agency. According to the U.S. Border patrol agent, the woman got behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and intentionally drove into the agent. The agent became entrapped on the hood of the woman’s vehicle, and felt as if his life was being threatened.
The 34-year-old agent alleges that the woman was acting aggressively, and that he had no other choice but to use deadly force to stop his assailant. He shot and killed the woman as a result of the incident. The family of the California mother claims that the she was wrongfully killed in the incident, and that the agent in question has had several prior issues with misconduct. A wrongful death claim was filed by the family against the U.S. Border Patrol.
The documents connected to the wrongful death claim show that the border patrol agent in question has been suspended on four separate occasions for reasons relating to misconduct while on the job. The agent filed a wrongful termination suit in 2004 claiming retaliation at his place of employment. The U.S Border Patrol has not commented on the impending allegations against the agent, and have yet to confirm his name. The Federal Bureau of Investigation alongside the Chula Vista police are looking into the fatal shooting.