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Woman shot to death by border patrol agent

Sat, Sep 29 2012 06:42 PM Posted By: Allison K. Sampité-montecalvo

A U.S. Border Patrol enforcement operation in Chula Vista went awry this afternoon when a woman was shot and killed.

At approximately 1 p.m., Chula Vista police officers responded to shots fired in the 600 block of Moss Street in Chula Vista after a plain-clothes U.S. Border Patrol agent discharged his weapon on a woman who attacked him with her car, Chula Vista police Lt. Lon Turner said today.

The agent and others were looking for another woman with a felony warrant.

Officials said during a press conference earlier today that when an agent approached a woman in her vehicle she charged the officer, who was thrown onto the windshield, lodging him upon impact and carrying him several feet.

The agent then fired several rounds at the woman, fearing for his life, officials said. She ultimately died from her wounds.

The woman was shot in her upper torso several times, according to a witness, who heard the incident happen from inside a nearby apartment complex.

Eduardo Camacho, 22, was with his friends when he said he heard approximately seven shots fired. When he came out into the street to see what happened, he said he noticed a man, unrecognizable as an officer, holding a gun, looking nervous.

“He put his gun away in his holster … the woman was laying out of her car, twitching,” Camacho said. “She was still alive.”

Camacho said then several more plain-clothes agents came out of their vehicles.

“They didn’t do nothing to revive her,” he said.

Moss Street was blocked off from Broadway to Oaklawn Avenue with residents only allowed to get into their homes if they lived was far enough away from the crime scene.

Police would not answer questions related to who the victim was or why she would hit an officer with her car. They said more details would be released as they become available.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing. Detectives of the Chula Vista Police Department are working with U.S. Border Patrol Agents and the United States Office of Inspector General.

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