Officers shoot, wound man at San Ysidro border crossing
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Authorities say two border officers shot and wounded a man at a San Diego border crossing after he grew nervous under questioning, ran and fired a starter pistol.
Thursday afternoon's shooting prompted U.S. Customs and Border Protection to temporarily suspend pedestrian travel into the United States from Mexico.
San Diego Police Lt. Kevin Rooney says starter pistols are used in horse or car races and are not lethal, but to the naked eye the metallic object appeared to be a weapon. The man was taken to a trauma center for treatment.
Rooney said he didn't know the man's nationality or how many times he was struck.
Police will investigate whether the border officers' use of force was justified. Federal authorities will determine if the man should face charges.
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