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Border Patrol Agent Shot, Killed in Arizona

October 02, 2012  | 

Photo: Border Patrol
Photo: Border Patrol

One Border Patrol agent was killed and another seriously injured in an early morning shooting Tuesday in rugged terrain near the U.S.-Mexico border. Nicholas Ivie, 30, was identified as the agent shot and killed near Naco in Cochise County.

Authorities said Ivie and two other agents were on foot at about 1:30 a.m. about seven miles east of Bisbee responding to a ground sensor that had triggered. The agents reported over the radio that they had come under fire as they were following a trail into the area. Earlier reports said they were on horseback.

When deputies arrived, Ivie had died and another agent suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Read the full Arizona Republic story.

Tags: Officer Down, Border Patrol, U.S.-Mexico Border, Duty Deaths, Cochise County (Ariz.) Sheriff


Comments (27)

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Bob@Az. @ 10/2/2012 8:12 AM

Another Officer down and one wounded. Sad. Blues, stay safe.

TimfromLA @ 10/3/2012 12:12 AM

Maybe it's time to look to LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) to learn more on DECRIMINALIZING drugs, tax it so agents and LEO would NOT end up dead? The War on Drugs is dead

Tschako @ 10/3/2012 1:00 AM

Tim from la: Clearly, you don't see the ravages our insatiable appetite for drugs causes to our society. The war may be lost, but the cancer continues to eat us alive. Legalizing drugs is no solution.

Bill @ 10/3/2012 3:28 AM

Our worthless President will do nothing. The exact same as he did for our slain Libyan Ambassador. I can't believe there is a single law enforcement officer that would be foolish enough to vote for this idiot again in November. For anyone who wants border security, he will provide the absolute least. He WANTS this nation to fall!

StopWhiningAlready @ 10/3/2012 3:36 AM

decriminalizing and taxing narcotics across the board is a good idea once you remove the the "wow" factor around how abrupt such a change would be. Our Criminal Justice system is fast becoming a means to feeding short-term prisoners into a system that takes their work and effort for pennies on the dollar in exchange for servitude under the guise of a criminal sentence. It's wrong and creating a larger divide between the have's and the have-not's in this country. what a shame.

don h @ 10/3/2012 3:43 AM

Let's not lose sight of this tragedy. Rest in peace brother and quick recovery (mental and physical) for our other brother. We can talk about politics and narco enforcement another day.

jon h. @ 10/3/2012 3:47 AM

Why is it that when somethings happens in this country people piont the finger at the president. The war on drugs and border issues have been going on for decades. Left or right has done nothing. We love to get high and mexico knows it. People in this country put officers lives on the line because they want to get high by any means ness.

MGC @ 10/3/2012 4:32 AM

Rest in Peace and thank you both for your service.

Morning Eagle @ 10/3/2012 5:21 AM

Our sympathies definitely go out to Agent Ivie’s family and fellow agents for such a senseless loss of a good man being taken out by a worthless scumbag. I have yet to see anything telling if the rules were still in place requiring that agents initially use non-lethal beanbags in a confrontation as was the situation with Brian Terry or had that ridiculous rule of engagement been rescinded? Yes Dear Janet N. this certainly demonstrates that our borders are more secure than they have ever been just as you declared. Collectively they are smuggling in so many tons of deadly poison and taking in billions of dollars that it cannot be shut it down just by legalizing that crap. A much larger mess than now exists would immediately spring up. Do you really think for a moment they are going to stop their massive operations that are so profitable and turn into nice, taxpaying citizens? What is so hard to understand that these cartels are violent criminal organizations peopled by violent criminals at every level. They are not going to give up the control of their enterprises and distribution networks because someone passes another law letting them off the hook. They are raking in billions and are not about to start declaring it and paying taxes. It is the height of naivety to believe they will. Since 2006, twenty Border Patrol Agents have been killed in the line of duty along our southern border. It has got to be stopped and they only understand superior force promptly applied the minute they set foot on our soil and without regard for hurting someone’s feelings or fear of accusations of discrimination.

Walkin Trails @ 10/3/2012 5:28 AM

RIP brother, prayers for your family and friends, and may justice come surely and swiftly to honor your memory. Partner, prayers for a swift recovery and comfort in the face of tragedy. The SW border has been a dangerous place for a lot of years regardless of who is in office; and will continue to be regardless of who is in office or whatever the policies governing illegal immigration and drug trafficking are or become.

Walking Trails
USBP Session 243
IB 90-96

Fed Cop @ 10/3/2012 6:22 AM

RIP Brother, and fast recovery for our other Brother.
Well, stated Morning Eagle. Until the ROE are changed, nothing will change. Pussy-footing around the borders so we don't offend illegals coming across the border is BS. Sneak into Mexico, and see what happens to you. If you're lucky, someone will find your body, and send you home. If you're caught by the Federales, you end up in prison, and may have a trial in 7 years.

Ann @ 10/3/2012 6:48 AM

Don H, (3:43 am), Jon H (3:47 am), Walkin Trails (5:28 am) etc. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR RESPONSE! Hopefully folks like Bill (3:28 am) will read your messages and get off the Political BS. My condolences to the family of Officer Ivie; and speedy to recovery for the unnamed officer also injured. God bless Border Patrol Officers and their families for trying to continue fight the war on drugs and illigal immigration to the U.S.A.

Rudy Medina @ 10/3/2012 7:09 AM

I know this trajedy, is extremely hard to live with. My condolences go out to , Off. Ivies' family , friends, brother and sister officers, who, loved and respected him because of his dedication to his profession. He forfeited his life to protect ours. God Bless him and his family. I salute you brother, Rest in Peace .

S.S @ 10/3/2012 7:30 AM

My condolences go out the the agents families. Hopefully justice will be swift and harsh. These p.o.s.'s don't care about human life. That's clearly the case here. I will say this though. Our federal govt. definately without a doubt needs to do more than what it's doing now in order for us to secure our border. STOP trying to be so damn politically correct and grow a set !! R.I.P. Agent Ivie.

Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 10/3/2012 7:39 AM

Timfrom LA has a point. Research the drug wars and you should realize some big changes need to be made.. Don't know how this death is connected yet in this small article but it is tragic when any LEO dies in the line..

Tom Ret @ 10/3/2012 8:53 AM

Unfortunately, both this administration and the previous one has not taken southern border security very seriously. The rules of engagement are too restrictive and adds to the risk that the border agents face. It may take a major terrorist attack that comes across the border for changes to come down the pike. Obama has proven to be a liar in chief.
If you want to believe what he says then knock yourself out. If you think things are going great under his leadership I have to question your objectivity.

Will/AZ @ 10/3/2012 8:55 AM

Agent Ivie was responding to a sensor trip. He is a US Border Patrol Agent responding to a known trial where non-US citizens enter our county. Drug war or just maybe protecting our freedoms and way of life. Don't full yourselves all types of criminal behavior are happening on these trials. Rape, murder, smuggling of drug, people and terrorist, to name a few. Is any patriotic anymore. It our country and we should be trying to secure our Borders from anyone entering through non legal methods.

NYdweller @ 10/3/2012 12:34 PM

Our prayers go out to the two officers. With law enforcement in the family, it hits close to home the dedication and the days/nights they put their lives at stake. Thank you.
Perhaps focusing on our nation rather than an election should be PRIORITY. Our nation is crumbling and we are the first to get involved with everyone else's problems. You can't be useful to someone else if you neglect yourself. PS.....Bill, I agree with you and we will not be voting for him. Spread the word, every vote counts !!!!

TERRY F. ZECH @ 10/3/2012 1:21 PM

Did they light up the brush looking for the bad guys? Rest in peace Agent Ivie and when they catch the killers. They need to have the death penalty.

Tom Ret @ 10/3/2012 1:24 PM

The American people should want to know if this brave agent was killed by a firearm supplied compliments of our own government under the fast and furious fiasco as was Agent Terry. If that is ever discovered, you can bet it will be covered up until after the election. The question that should be asked is if the border patrol officers, who are the ones facing the threats on the border, have confidence in their leadership and if not,
what should be done to lessen their risks.

Sky @ 10/3/2012 3:04 PM

May he rest in peace. Condolances to his wife, children and all his relations.

John @ 10/3/2012 10:18 PM

My condolences to the family of Agent Ivie. He made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country. This is a huge loss for all true Americans, especially the brave agents of the nations finest law enforcement agency.

easy610 @ 10/4/2012 6:08 AM

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this fallen hero.

Having never been in the military I feel it is more akin to a military exercise versus a law enforcement exercise going deep into the bush looking for possibly heavily armed groups. Two agents is not sufficient.

We're not talking about groups with crappy .32 cal 5 shot revolvers here. I don't understand why we as a nation don't get more outraged about this issue. The BP should be increased to meet the needs and properly staffed to field groups of agents, not partners, against drug couriers.

I couldn't be more heart broken for this man and his family, friends and co-workers.

God Bless and stay low.

easy610 @ 10/4/2012 6:18 AM

Re-read the article. There were three BP agents, not two. My mistake.

I still think more would be better. Would the military, who in hostile territory have more generous ROE than LEOs, ever routinely patrol dangerous areas with three soldiers/marines?

tkdb @ 10/4/2012 10:54 AM

Living in Tucson and having travelled to Bisbee on tuesday, I was impressed with all the BP agents (50+ vehicles w/agents) searching the area. Please, the next time a sensor gets tripped, send out at least the same (50) agents, before this happens again.. Strength thru numbers and superior firepower is the only approach the "enemy" respects and recognizes as a force to reck'n with. I spoke with a few agents that day at a checkpoint...they have mixed feelings...sad,hurt and Pissed w/ROE.
Stay Safe

T-boy @ 10/5/2012 5:13 AM

R.I.P. MY brother mayGod bless your family and comfort them. I have never been so ashamed of officers advancing agendas in a time of mourning.

CONCERNED MOM @ 10/5/2012 10:17 AM

Day before Boarder Patrol Agent Ivie was KIA, Atty. Gen. Holder spoke at the IACP Conference in San Diego telling the Chief's and all the visiting Law Enforcement that "I HAVE YOUR BACK" & "I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU". It was a canned speech, delivered so rapidly I wanted to shout take a breath. No emotion, no feeling, but in fairness he did say his brother was retired LE. Too bad he doesn't have the Boarder Patrol's back. I guess he didn't remember FAST & FURIOUS!

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