October 02, 2012

Naco, Arizona: 2 US Border Patrol Agents Shot, 1 Killed, Near Major Drug Smuggling Corridor
Agent Indentified as Nicholas Ivie

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The shooting happened in the same area where Border Agent Brian Terry was killed.

Developing.

Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.

The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010.[More]

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this.

Update: Via AZ Family

The agents were shot while patrolling on horseback in Naco, Ariz., at about 1:50 a.m. MST Tuesday, the Border Patrol said in a statement.

The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who was not harmed, according to George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents.

The last Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty was Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout near the border in December 2010. The shooting was later linked to the U.S. government’s Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation.

McCubbin said he had no further information regarding the shooting[More...]

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RIP Nicholas Ivie

Update II: Mudered Border Patrol Agent identified as Provo, Utah native 30yr old Nicholas Ivie:

[Tucson Sentinel]A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting Tuesday morning near Naco, the agency said. Border agents are searching the hills between Bisbee and Douglas for the gunman.

Nicholas Ivie, 30, was killed around 1:50 a.m. after he and two other agents responded to a sensor hit near mile marker 352 on State Route 80, the Border Patrol confirmed about 12:30 p.m.

At an afternoon news conference, FBI Special Agent in Charge James Turgal refused to release specifics on the case; he declined to comment on reports that two suspects in the shooting have been detained in Mexico.

I'm not going to talk about any issues regarding suspects at this time," Turgal told reporters at 2 p.m.

The wounded BP agent, who has not yet been identified, was airlifted to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He underwent surgery and was in stable condition Tuesday morning. The agent was expected to be released from University of Arizona Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon, said George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing border agents.

The slain agent was identified as Nicholas J. Ivie, a native of Provo, Utah. Ivie joined the Border Patrol in January 2008. Ivie is survived by a wife and two children, agents said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children. May those responsible for his murder be found and brought to justice.

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