- - Monday, March 28, 2011


Border agent killed man climbing wall

PHOENIX — A Mexican man was climbing a ladder when a Border Patrol agent fatally shot him three times, a sheriff’s spokeswoman told the Associated Press on Monday.

Cochise County sheriff’s investigators have no indication that Carlos La Madrid, 19, assaulted or tried to assault the agent when he was shot March 21, said agency spokeswoman Carol Capas.

Mr. La Madrid had fled police in the Arizona border city of Douglas in a truck and drove to the border with Mexico. He was climbing a ladder and trying to cross the border, and another man atop the wall began throwing rocks at the pursuing agent, Miss Capas said.

Mr. La Madrid was shot three times and died later that day at a local hospital. The man on the wall got away.

Miss Capas did not know where on Mr. La Madrid’s body he was shot. The Cochise County Medical Examiner’s Office would not release the autopsy results.


Father, son died in sailboat expedition

SAN DIEGO — A father and son died when a sailboat carrying 10 people on an excursion organized for people with special needs capsized in calm water in San Diego Bay, authorities said Monday.

Chao Chen, 73, and his son, Jun Chen, 48, of San Diego died Sunday night, Harbor Police Chief John Bolduc said.

Eight other people who were thrown into the water were injured. Among them were two young adults with undisclosed special needs, and a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy who were wearing life jackets, authorities said.

Investigators were determining how many others were wearing life vests. The cause of the mishap also remained under investigation.

The people on the 26-foot boat included seven members of one family and two members of another, along with the skipper of the craft.

The excursion was organized by an unidentified Indiana-based group that provides sailing trips for people with disabilities, authorities said.

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