MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government sent a diplomatic note to the United States on Tuesday protesting the shooting death of an illegal migrant on the Arizona border.
The note, presented by the Mexican Embassy in Washington, relayed “the Mexican government’s firm condemnation” of the shooting last Friday along with its “serious concern over the recurrence of this type of incident,” according to a news release issued by the Foreign Relations Department.
Mexican President Felipe Calderón and the Foreign Relations Department also condemned the shooting immediately after it occurred.
The diplomatic note underscored Mexico’s demand that the U.S. conduct “an exhaustive investigation” and punish whoever is responsible, the release said.
Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera, 22, a native of the central state of Puebla, was shot and killed during a confrontation with the unidentified agent on Friday after the agent responded to a call about a group of seven people, including Dominguez Rivera and two of his brothers, crossing the Arizona desert.
The agent took six of the seven people into custody without incident but then started fighting with Dominguez Rivera. The agent, who thought his life was in danger, shot and killed the man, the Border Patrol said previously.
The agent was put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case. The FBI said Monday that it was investigating the death, while an autopsy of Dominguez Rivera was scheduled for today.