Cross-Border Shootings by Border Patrol


 Cross-Border Shootings by Border Patrol Since 2010

Updated February 26, 2020

Since 2010, more than 125 people have died at the hands of Border Patrol agents. Of those tragic deaths, six of them have been cross-border shootings, beginning with the tragic killing of Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca

Justice for the families of those who were killed in these incidents was dealt a serious blow on February 25, 2020, when the Supreme Court ruled that constitutional prohibitions and protections do not travel with the bullet, and denied the parents of Sergio Adrián the right to sue the Border Patrol agent who shot him. With this ruling, impunity of Border Patrol agents is now absolute, and there is nothing to stop them from shooting at will across the border, leading to more violence, death and distrust. In remembrance of these lives lost to unaccountable border patrol agents who operate within a culture of impunity, the Southern Border Communities Coalition tracks these tragic incidents, and calls on our lawmakers, elected officials and candidates to stand with border communities and move away from misguided and wrong-headed enforcement-only border policies, toward a New Border Vision that upholds the dignity and human rights of all people.

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6. José Antonio Elena Rodriguez

Age: 16
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting
Incident Date: Oct. 10, 2012
Incident Location: Nogales, Sonora

Jose was shot multiple times in the back and killed after reportedly throwing rocks at U.S. Border Patrol agents.


5. Guillermo Arévalo Pedroza

Age: 36
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting
Incident Date: Sept. 3, 2012
Incident Location: Nuevo Laredo, México

Guillermo was shot and killed while at a barbeque with his wife and daughters. Border patrol agents claim they were under attack from rock throwers on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. A video of the shooting didn’t show any rock throwing.

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4. Juan Pablo Perez Santillán

Age: 30
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting 
Incident Date: July 7, 2012
Location: Near Matamoros, Mexico

Juan Pablo hot and killed while standing on the banks of the Rio Grande. Border Patrol claims Juan Pablo was throwing rocks; witnesses in Mexico say he was unarmed.



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3. Jose Alfredo Yañez Reyes

Age: 40
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting
Incident Date: June 21, 2011
Incident Location: Tijuana, Mexico

Jose Alfredo was shot and killed while suspected of attempting to cross the border into the U.S. unauthorized. Agents claim suspected border crossers were throwing rocks; it’s unclear if Reyes was involved in the rock throwing.


2. Ramses Barron Torres

Age: 17
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting
Incident Date: Jan. 5, 2011
Incident Location: Nogales, Mexico

Ramses was shot and killed after allegedly throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents. Witnesses deny he threw rocks. DOJ stated in their press release closing their investigation that they reviewed surveillance videos, but videos have not been released publicly.



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1. Sergio Adrian Hernandez-Guereca

Age: 15
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting
Incident Date: June 7, 2010
Incident Location: El Paso, TX

Sergio Adrian was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent after a group of suspected undocumented immigrants reportedly threw rocks at agents at an international bridge. Sergio was on Mexican soil; the agent was 12 yards from the border on the U.S. side.


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