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Report: Evidence surrounding border shooting differs from agent’s story

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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 6:28 am | Updated: 7:37 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

BISBEE - Documents released Monday fail to support the account a U.S. Border Patrol agent gave about his fatal shooting of a Mexican illegal immigrant in January.

Nicholas Corbett, an agent with the patrol’s Naco station, fatally shot 22-year-old Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera on Jan. 12 while trying to take Dominguez Rivera, his sisterin-law and his two brothers into custody near the Mexican border, authorities say.

The shooting was initially described as an apparent confrontation in which the previously unidentified Border Patrol agent was allegedly threatened with a rock.

Evidence provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety lab showed that Dominguez Rivera had been shot from a distance between 3 inches and 2½ feet.

That is far closer than across the length of the agent’s SUV, as Corbett apparently told fellow agents.

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