Mother of 19-year-old killed by Border Patrol sues

PHOENIX (AP) — The mother of an unarmed 19-year-old Arizona man fatally shot in the back by a U.S. Border Patrol agent has sued the federal government and the agent.

Guadalupe Guerrero argues that the shooting of her son, Carlos La Madrid, was "an appalling use of excessive force" because her son didn't have a weapon, had his back to the agent and was posing no threat.

Guerrero told The Associated Press on Monday that the Border Patrol had no right to take her son's life.

A Border Patrol agent identified in police reports as Lucas Tidwell shot La Madrid three times, twice in the back and once in the back of his thigh, as he climbed a ladder on the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Douglas in southeastern Arizona on March 21, 2011.

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