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Man Dies After Collapsing At Border Crossing

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San Ysidro border crossing (Photo by ZacharyTirrell via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
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A 51-year-old man collapsed shortly after he was detained by by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the San Ysidro border crossing last night.

The man was stopped by authorities after he, along with two other relatives, passed over the border from Tijuana. He had passed through the regular vehicle lanes at around 8 pm when he was stopped for an inspection, according to the Union-Tribune.

He was cuffed and brought into custody along with his two other relatives. Authorities took off his handcuffs so that the man could empty his pockets in the security office, and that is when the man collapsed. An agent caught him and began performing CPR on him until paramedics arrived. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead after 9 pm.

It's not clear how he died, but an autopsy is pending on the man. A statement from authorities said no force was used on the suspect: "Customs and Border Protection agents did not use any force on the suspect when taking him into custody or transporting him for processing."

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His name was not released until his relatives have been notified of his death. The relatives with him were later released from custody. It's not clear why the man and his relatives were detained in the first place.