United States Department of Homeland Security Customs & Border Patrol has announced that Agent Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, was shot and killed in an apparent ambush about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday near Naco, Arizona.
Three border patrol agents were dispatched to investigate a ground motion sensor which had been tripped. This alert indicates individuals moving on the ground as the sensors are activated by weight. The officers were on horseback and dismounted due to the rocky terrain.
While the officers were on foot approaching the sensor’s location, shots rang out. Two of the three officers were shot. One agent was shot in ankle and buttocks; the third agent was not injured. Evidence at the scene indicated multiple assailants and weapons.
A large scale manhunt commenced immediately for 3 or 4 suspects covering an area of about 20 square miles. No suspects have been identified or apprehended as of this time. No weapons or drugs were recovered.
Marc Denney of the Cochise County Sheriffs Department said it was an ambush. His agency is assisting the CBP & FBI in the investigation.
The last agent shot and killed in the area was Brian Terry in December 2010. That shooting sparked the congressional probe ultimately revealing the “Fast & Furious” scandal for the BATFE administration & Attorney General. The Naco, Arizona Border Patrol Station had been renamed the Brian Terry Border Station in memory of his service to his country.
Agent Nicholas Ivie had served the Department of Homeland Security Customs & Border Patrol for four years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Customs & Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie, gone but never forgotten
EOW: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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