When this story first broke on Friday, all the media outlets seemed to be holding to the Border Patrol’s line — that a woman had deliberately run down a Border Patrol agent and carried him for several hundred yards on the hood of his car before he drew his weapon and killed her in self-defense. Reports like Border Patrol officer kills woman who dragged him with her car (L.A. Times) and Border agent fatally shoots woman after alleged vehicular assault (KUSI) were typical.
Like so many other escapades involving an agency which has generated an incredible 138 cases of corruption and over 2,000 cases of criminal misconduct in recent years, some cracks have quickly developed in the facade.
760 KFMB: New witness accounts contradict Border Patrol’s story (Sept 28 2012)
Border Patrol Deputy Chief Rodney Scott said the agent was in the area to serve a warrant. He apparently was not in uniform … Eduardo Comacho, 22, said he was walking on Woodlawn Avenue with a friend. He told the U-T they heard about seven shots. He said he saw a man in a red shirt, without a badge, holding his gun. He appeared shaken. Other undercover officers joined him, pulling out their badges as they walked …
Ayanna Evans, 19, who lives in a nearby apartment building, said she never saw the agent on the car. She said she happened to look out the window and saw the Honda backing up slowly, and a man in a red shirt walking toward the car. “Then I heard, `Pop, pop, pop,‘” she told the U-T.
Another resident of the same building, Prince Watson, told the newspaper he also saw the Honda going backward, with no one on it. “She wasn’t speeding or driving erratic at all. I heard the agent say, ‘Stop.’ He was in the street and started shooting and walking toward the car,” Watson told the U-T.
San Diego 6: Conflicting Accounts of Border Patrol Shooting Frustrate Victim’s Family (Sept 28 2012)
A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a woman in a South Bay neighborhood Friday afternoon in what federal authorities described as a clear case of self defense, but some witnesses recounted a very different story.
At least two witnesses told San Diego 6 the officer took out his weapon and shot the driver while approaching the car on foot.
“He was walking towards the car and the car was moving back slowly. He pulled his arm up and I heard it, ‘pop pop pop,’” said Ayanna Evans, who lives in a bottom floor unit that overlooks the street.
Prince Watson, another witness, described the scenario the same way. He said he became aware of the situation when he heard a man’s voice yell, “Stop!” He then ran out and saw an officer fire on the car as it was backing away.
The person the Border Patrol thugs were trying to arrest was not apprehended.