Video of Assault on BP Agent & Shooting May Exist
POSTED: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 4:49pm
UPDATED: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 6:07am
Anger and tensions remain high after an El Paso Border Patrol agent shot and killed a Mexican teen.
As the debate rages on both sides of the border, tonight we've learned a video that captured what happened could already be in the hands of authorities.
Family members of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka screaming in agony over his death have no doubt stirred emotions in people who see him as an innocent victim.
But not everyone believes victim is a title he's earned. According the FBI, the 14-year-old was not only breaking the law by trying to cross illegally into the U.S. Monday night, but he also assaulted Border Patrol agents who ultimately shot and killed him.
Huereka's family has told the media that he was just playing by the river. It's one of many issues being debated, and now we've learned a video tape may exist that might clear things up.
A confidential source close to the investigation tells NewsChannel Nine there is a video that not only shows the rock fight, but it also captured Mexican authorities crossing the border, picking up what could be evidence and taking it back into Mexico.
Mexican officials have also reported that a bullet casing was found near the teen's body on the Mexican side of the river. But the source tells us the video clearly shows the agents never crossed into Mexico.
We asked the FBI if there was a video. They confirmed they were looking at reviewing a tape connected to this case, but would not divulge what was on it.
The major of Juarez spoke out about the alleged video.
"It will be very important to check the videos that the FBI has to prove if excessive force was used by the U.S. Border Patrol officer, if that's what happened," said Jose Reyes Ferriz.
The mayor also hopes this video sheds light on whether deadly force by the border patrol was necessary.
"At first glance, rocks against guns seem to be excessive," he added, "but it's necessary to check what happened before having a final opinion."