LAREDO, TEXAS / NUEVO LAREDO, MX (KGNS) - The family of a man shot and killed along the shore of the Rio Grande in two years ago is seeking compensation for their loss.
At a press conference Wednesday, the family of Guillermo Arevalo Pedraza announced with attorneys their lawsuit against the federal government, and U.S. Border Patrol agents.
The incident October 3, 2012 was reported by media as a possible cross-border shooting. The family was on the shore of Parque Viveros in Nuevo Laredo for a barbecue when the incident happened.
Witnesses and Arevalo Pedraza's family allege an agent on a patrol boat shot and killed the man, who was in Mexico.
Hilliard and witnesses say people in the park began shouting at the agents after seeing the patrol boat aggressively circling a swimmer and endangering his life. That event preceded the shooting, according to Hilliard.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it continues its criminal investigation of the case.
Agent Christopher W. Boatwright is alleged as the shooter. Agent Matthew Lambrecht is included as a defendant as the agent's supervisor.
Attorney Bob Hilliard said that agents knowingly killed Arevalo Pedraza.
"[Boatwright] went down on one knee, picked up his assault rifle, looked through his scope and shot twice and hit Guillermo once in the stomach and once in the leg," said Hilliard.
The family is suing the agents and federal government for taking Arevalo Pedraza's life without due process. They are seeking $40 million in total damages, according to Hilliard.
A spokesperson for the Laredo Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol said the agency cannot comment on pending litigation.