Patrol agent wounds man near Mexican border

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Authorities say a Border Patrol agent in the U.S. shot and wounded a man in Mexico who was part of a group throwing rocks near the border in the San Diego area.

Tijuana police report the 22-year-old has been hospitalized with a bullet wound in his right torso.

A Border Patrol spokesman says the agent fired from U.S. soil last night after he saw the man wielding a softball-sized rock on the Mexican side. He says the group had been hurling rocks at agents from American soil, but the Border Patrol used tear gas and pepper-spray to force the group to retreat to Mexico.

Reed says there was no fence separating the agent from the group when he fired, just a yellow stripe in the riverbed.

San Diego police say the shooter is a 10-year Border Patrol veteran.

The department is investigating the shooting.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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