FOX NEWS LATINO — PHOENIX (AP) – A federal judge has found that a U.S. Border Patrol agent was justified in the 2011 fatal shooting of a suspect who was caught in the line of fire while fleeing in southern Arizona.
Judge James Soto ruled April 25 that agent Lucas Tidwell cannot be held liable for the killing of Douglas resident Carlos LaMadrid because Tidwell was within the law. The Tucson Sentinel reported the ruling this week.
The lawsuit was filed by LaMadrid’s mother, Guadalupe Guerrero, in federal court in Tucson. William Risner, her attorney, declined to comment.
Tidwell was represented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy of the Southern District of California said LaMadrid’s death was a tragic loss of life but that the judge ruled correctly because Tidwell was acting in self-defense.