(AP Photo)
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The chief of the Border Patrol says his agents can continue to use deadly force against people who use rocks as weapons.

FOX News Radio's Jessica Rosenthal reports:

A non-profit group that advises police agencies recommended the Border Patrol stop using deadly force against people who throw rocks or suspects fleeing in vehicles. But the chief of the Border patrol calls those recommendations too restrictive and says they could put his agents in danger.

In fiscal year 2012, agents were attacked with rocks 185 times. They opened fire in 22 cases. And since 2010, according to the ACLU, eight suspects who threw rocks have been killed. As for shooting at vehicles, the chief says in many cases, incidents happen on narrow trails and it's too hard for agents to get out of the way.

Jessica Rosenthal, FOX News Radio.