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Arizona trial begins in suit over Border Patrol shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A federal judge in Tucson has started a trial to decide whether the federal government must pay damages to a Mexican citizen who was shot and wounded by a Border Patrol agent near Nogales in 2010.

A suit filed on behalf of Jesus Castro Romo contended the agent shot Romo in the back as he attempted to flee back toward Mexico in 2010.

The government contended the agent shot Romo in the abdomen when Romo picked up a rock and seemed poised to throw it at the agent, putting the agent in fear for his safety.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that District Judge James A. Soto heard opening statements Monday.

The trial is expected to last through the week.

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