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What started as a simple border stop ends with the death of a man who attacked border officers


A U.S. citizen with a criminal record died on Christmas Eve after he tried to cross from Mexico to the United States, assaulted two border officers, and was shot with a stun gun.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the unnamed man applied for entry into the United States at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24. He was trying to cross at the San Isidro Port in San Diego, California.

Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 11.17.07 AM A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer checks a bag in a car as it waits to enter the United States from Tijuana, Mexico through the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego. On Christmas Eve, a man trying to cross back to the U.S. attacked two border guards, was hit with a stun gun, and died.
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CBP said record check showed the man "should be considered armed and dangerous," and officers took him to a security office.

"There, officers conducted a pat down, seized heroin, and reviewed law enforcement records to confirm criminal history and a warrant for his arrest," CBP said.

"After being seated in front of the security desk for further processing, the individual jumped over the desk and attacked two officers who were confirming the individual's criminal history," it added.

After struggling to control him, a CBP officer shot the man with an "electronic control device," and the man then became unresponsive. A CBP first responder administered aid, and he was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

CBP said the San Diego Police Department, CBP's Office of Internal Affairs, and the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General are investigating the incident.

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