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Crowley said both the US Department of Homeland Security and police in the southern California city of San Diego are investigating the case.
Hernandez Rojas, 42 and a father of five, died on Monday after a beating at the hands of US Border Patrol agents who were seeking to deport him, according to a spokesman at the Mexican consulate in San Diego.
Hernandez Rojas, who had lived in the United States for more than 20 years, died of cardiac arrest after doctors said he had already sustained severe brain damage in the beating.
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death of a Mexican national a homicide, five days after he was shot with a stun gun by a U.S. immigration officer.
The coroner also said Wednesday that methamphetamine abuse and hypertension contributed to the death of Anastacio Hernandez, 32, who died from cardiac arrest around 6 p.m. Saturday at a Chula Vista hospital.
Hernandez-Rojas signed papers agreeing to be returned to Mexico. At the gate leading to Mexico, agents removed the man's handcuffs and he became violent about 9:15 p.m., Collins said.
"The agents and the subject all fell to the ground during the fight, and the agents radioed for assistance,'' Collins said. Customs and Border Protection agents joined the struggle, and a CBP agent fired a Taser at Hernandez-Rojas, he said.
Hernandez-Rojas stopped breathing, police said. Agents began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and called paramedics.
A short time later, Collins said, the man stopped breathing. Agents began CPR and called paramedics. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and San Diego police were called in when it became apparent the man had a brain condition that was terminal.
The National Human Rights Commission in Mexico accused Border Patrol agents of beating Hernandez-Rios, and the foreign ministry in Mexico City has demanded an explanation from San Diego and federal authorities, according to Tijuana newspapers.
At the gate leading to Mexico, agents removed the man's handcuffs and he became violent about 9:15 p.m., Collins said.