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Mexican Man, Anastasio Hernandez, Dies After Being Shocked With Stun Gun By Border Patrol Agents

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A 32-year-old Mexican man has died after being shocked by a stun gun during a confrontation with Border Patrol agents at a California border crossing, officials said Tuesday.

Anastasio Hernandez died Monday at a hospital in Chula Vista, south of San Diego, days after he was shocked at San Isidro, U.S. and Mexican officials said.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department on Tuesday condemned the use of force against Hernandez.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Jacqueline Dizdul alleges Hernandez became combative with agents who were preparing to hand him over to Mexican officials in Tijuana late Friday after he entered the United States illegally.

After he ignored repeated orders to stop fighting, one of the Border Patrol officers shocked him with a stun gun to subdue him and protect agents, she said.

Paramedics were notified immediately and Hernandez was taken to the hospital, Dizdul said. The Border Patrol also worked to allow several of his family members into the United States to be with him.

Dizdul said the Border Patrol regrets the loss of life and is awaiting the results of the investigation.

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