U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released a new account of a border agent’s fatal shooting of an undocumented immigrant that now excludes claims of an attack with “blunt objects.” The agency had initially said 20-year-old Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez was killed in Laredo, Texas, on Wednesday after joining others in assaulting an agent with “blunt objects.” In the original statement, Gonzalez was described as “one of the assailants.” On Friday, however, a new statement provided a drastically different account, saying Gonzalez was a “member of the group” of migrants that “rushed” the border agent. The agency issued the new account of the incident in lieu of a news conference on Friday that it canceled. The shooting is currently under investigation by the FBI and Texas Rangers.
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