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Friendly Fire Killed Border Patrol Agent

October 07, 2012  | 

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire, the head of the Border Patrol agents' union said.

The two sets of agents approached an area where a sensor had been activated early Tuesday from different directions early Tuesday and encountered each other in an area of heavy brush, National Border Patrol Council president George McCubbin said Sunday.

Agent Nicholas Ivie apparently opened fire first and wounded one of the other agents but was killed in the return fire.

Read the Associated Press story.

Related:

Border Patrol Agent Shot, Killed in Arizona

Tags: Border Patrol, Friendly Fire, U.S.-Mexico Border


Comments (4)

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Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 10/8/2012 8:27 AM

What the *&*^^%%$%$$ were they doing? Anyone in communication with other team members....

michael @ 10/8/2012 5:29 PM

Unbelievable..........I know we can do better then this. I have a friend that works for the Boarder Patrol and he tells me it is completely crazy at times and that they have a lot of close calls.This is because they don't always know where the other officers are and that it gets so dark at night you can't see crap. What a shame, very sad no hear this. I hope they figure something out.

Morning Eagle @ 10/8/2012 8:42 PM

If our agencies on the border had been allowed by the politicians and bleeding heart prosecutors and judges to truly secure that border years ago it is possible this type of situation would not have developed in the first place. The terrain the smugglers use is incredibly rugged and communications are undependable in those steep canyons and ridges. Night operations especially are very prone to losing track to who is where. Tragic that something like this happened and doubly hard to reconcile for the family and fellow officers.

Walkin trails @ 10/9/2012 5:17 AM

This is tragic. In order to apprehend groups of illegal aliens, Border Patrol agents have to use methods that are not always tactically. Illegals have a tendency to scatter and run when confronted by agents. That helps them improve their odds of someone getting through. I don't know what they're doing with suspected drug mules, but there obviously details not released. "Securing" the border will not make a less dangerous place. Perhaps if our government mandated that any institution requiring a valid social security number for job, education, and benefit applications were forced to use E-Verify it might make the sheer volume of illegal border crossers more manageable. Legalizing and taxing dope will not. We need to have fewer substance abusers in our country. The foreign drug trafficking organizations will no more pay import taxes than they'll submit to US regulation of their product for safeguard and purity. I can't think of any way the FDA could altogether the content of meth, or the laboratory manufacturing conditions for cocaine. And domestically we'd be closing our jails with tax cheats rather than drug traffickers.
. The border has always been a dangerous place. RIP Agent Ivie. .

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