Tucson Citizen
Saturday, September 18, 2004

Man shot by FBI agent in Douglas still critical


A 22-year-old man shot Wednesday night by an FBI agent in Douglas remains in critical condition at University Medical Center while a man sought by the FBI during the shooting awaits a 9 a.m. detention hearing Monday.

Kalen Riddle was shot in a Safeway parking lot as FBI agents tried to arrest Casey Nethercott, a border militia organizer accompanying him, the FBI said yesterday.

Riddle faces no charges at this time, according to U.S. Attorney spokeswoman Sandy Raynor. However, Nethercott, 37, is charged with threatening a federal law enforcement officer. The charge stems from an Aug. 31 run-in with U.S. Border Patrol agents, though federal officials will not give details of the incident.

UMC spokeswoman Loretta McKenzie said last night that Riddle was in critical condition, which is the most severe of the five classifications.

The Border Patrol will not say why Nethercott was stopped Aug. 31, said Rob Daniels, a Border Patrol spokesman, who referred further questions to the FBI. Susan Herskovits, an FBI spokeswoman, said she didn't know why Nethercott was stopped that day.

Not even Nethercott's assistant federal defender, Jason Hannon has been given an explanation.

"I could only suspect the government has a lot of pressure on them to look for these so-called vigilantes," he said.

A hearing to determine whether Nethercott will be released or held on bail is scheduled for Monday at 9:15 a.m. in U.S. District Court here before Judge Jacqueline Marshal.

He is being held in a federal facility in Arizona, but it was unclear last night which one.