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Border agent killed in Arizona was shot in head

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent who was killed by friendly fire near the Arizona-Mexico border died from a gunshot wound to the head, an autopsy report released Wednesday concluded.

A bullet slug and a bullet fragment were recovered from the body of 30-year-old Agent Nicholas Ivie.

Investigators said Ivie and two other agents responded Oct. 2 to a tripped underground sensor that's designed to detect smugglers and illegal immigrants.

The shooting occurred in the early morning hours in a rugged hilly area about five miles north of the border near Bisbee, Ariz., an area known for drug smuggling.

Ivie approached on foot from the north. The two other agents walked in from the south when Ivie apparently opened fire, eliciting a deadly barrage of return fire from his colleagues.

Ivie was killed. Another agent was wounded; the third agent was uninjured.

The autopsy report doesn't say which agent fired the fatal shot.

Authorities have said the agents were about 20 yards from each other when the gunfire erupted. The FBI has called it a case of friendly fire,

Ivie's death marked the first fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent since Agent Brian Terry was killed in December 2010 in a firefight north of the Arizona-Mexico with a group of Mexican men who authorities said had come to the United States to rob smugglers as they sneaked marijuana into the country.

2 years ago

Authorities remain tight lipped in shooting death of agent Nicholas Ivie

TUCSON - Nine days after the shooting death of Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie the FBI is declining to elaborate on the investigation.

Ivie was killed in the line of duty the morning of October 2nd while he and two other agents were responding to an activated ground sensor northeast of Naco. On Friday the FBI released a statement saying there were strong preliminary indications that Agent Ivie's death may have been the result of friendly fire.

Authorities won't release specifics of the incident but Rod Rothrock, the Chief Deputy executing the office of Sheriff in Cochise County said the three agents were 20 yards apart during the incident.

The spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council said the US had permission to fly into Mexico in the immediate aftermath of the shooting however no agency will confirm if an incursion took place.

Art Del Cueto, the local Border Patrol union spokesman said the friendly fire death was a first for the agency, "It's the job, it's the job that we go to do and we go into these spots knowing that we're by ourselves in remote areas and we're possibly going to have to arrest 60 people single handedly, added to the fact that sometimes our radio communications aren't the best in these areas."

It was harvest moon the morning of the shooting which means the area was relatively well lit but Del Cueto said it does not change the dangers of the desert, "the brush is very high so sometimes regardless of the moon you don't have good visibility because of the brush and the vegetation out there."

As of late Wednesday evening authorities on neither side of the border would release information on the status of the two suspects held last week in Mexico. The two other agents involved in the shooting have not been identified and their attorneys are declining comment.

2 years ago

Border Agent's body flown back to Utah

TUCSON - The body of fallen Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was flown home to Utah Tuesday evening.

The 30-year-old was killed last Tuesday while patrolling a remote desert area near Naco where he was stationed. Investigators say preliminary indications suggest friendly fire may have led to his shooting death.

Hundreds of Border Patrol agents from throughout the Tucson Sector participated in the procession that began in Sierra Vista. Dozens of mourners lined the streets near the Hatfield Funeral Home.

One woman said she waited outside the funeral home to pay her respects, "to say goodbye to a hero who supported our borders. And sometimes we don't say thank you to them and we appreciate them. It's very sad for the city and the community. This is a tragedy."

Upon arrival in Tucson the motorcade drove under American flags held up by fire truck ladders. On the tarmac hundreds of agents stood to salute the commercial airliner carrying Ivie and his family. The airliner taxied through a water arch by the Tucson Airport Fire Department.

Ivie's funeral service will be held Thursday at Utah Valley University Campus in Orem, burial will follow in Provo, Utah.

Nicholas Ivie is survived by his wife and two daughters ages 1 and 3.

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2 years ago

Border Patrol agents line streets as slain agent Ivie is flown to Utah

TUCSON - Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement agents again paid their respects for fallen agent Nicholas Ivie by lining the streets as his body was transported to Tucson International Airport.

At about noon today, the body of Nicholas Ivie was taken from from Sierra Vista and transported to TIA, where it will fly to Utah for another service in his home town of Provo, Utah.

Once again, Border Patrol lined the streets and emergency vehicles draped flags from their ladders in a procession for the Ivie.

Tune in to News 4 Tucson this afternoon and evening for a full report.

2 years ago

Border Patrol agent brother speaks at Ivie funeral

SIERRA VISTA - A somber day in Sierra Vista as hundreds of friends, family and colleagues gathered to say goodbye to border patrol agent Nicholas Ivie.

The 30-year-old husband and father of two was shot and killed last week in a case of so-called friendly fire.

Ivie and two other agents responding to a tripped sensor, meant to detect smugglers near Naco.

Reportedly, Ivie fired first, wounding one comrade. Ivie then died in the return fire.

The service touched thousands; it was broadcast to LDS meeting houses across Southern Arizona, ensuring all who wanted to attend could.

They sang hymns and shared heartfelt sentiment with Nick Ivie's loved ones.

Aaron Kerr is both an agent, and Nick's neighbor.

"As we mourn with you over this immense personal tragedy, we also rejoice in the majesty of nick's life," said Kerr.

The church was standing room only, Arizona's Governor was also in attendance.

At times, holding back tears, Joel Ivie says his brother loved his job, and the remote desert he patrolled.

"Nick is one that lived his life by example," Ivie said.

He says Nick installed the sensor the three agent were responding to that night.

"Nick died in a beautiful place, and although it may have been a traumatic experience, he did die peacefully," he said.

Members of the Mormon church all their lives, Ivie says his brother Nick served a two year mission to Mexico, where he learned Spanish.

He'd use that knowledge to teach and serve others.

Ivie said, "look at all the good things that have come from Nick's life. Look at all of us here."

Agent Kerr says Nick always showed charity to others, leaving behind a legacy for his wife, children, church and country.

2 years ago

Slain Border Patrol agent's family reaches out to injured officer

TUCSON - As the community of Sierra Vista came together to honor the life of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie, the images were riveting.

After the service today, the family's spokesman, Kevin Goates, talked to the media and provided some insight into what the family has dealt with over the last week.

"We certainly appreciate all of the great support that we have had, the outpouring and love and appreciation from the community," Goates said. "On behalf of the family, they want to thank everyone so much. I talked to one of the brothers and he said it just helped to know other people are hurting too, hurting along with us. That gives us some comfort and some peace."

Part of that process, Goates said, was reaching out to an agent they knew was hurting.

"There was a visit by the injured Border Patrol agent to the [Ivie] home," Goates said. "They embraced him and held him and there were many tears shed."

According to Goates, a close family member said she felt she could speak on behalf of Nick to help those that are now grieving.

Goates told press: "[She] spoke up and said, 'I know what Nick would say right now if he were here. He would say "Cowboy Up" - that is what he would say to the agents. Get back in your saddle and get back to work.'"

Nicholas Ivie's body will now be returned to Utah where he grew up. The family says there will also be a memorial service on the campus of Utah Valley Univesity on Thursday morning. Following that event agent Ivie will then be buried in Utah with full honors by the Border Patrol.

2 years ago

Hundreds attend service for fallen agent

SIERRA VISTA - Hundreds gathered Monday to honor fallen Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie.

The 30-year-old was killed early Tuesday morning when he was responding to an activated ground sensor in the desert northeast of Naco. Ivie was with two other agents, one of which was wounded. Authorities investigating Ivie's death have said preliminary indication suggests friendly fire may have led to his death.

Nick, as he was affectionately known, served on force for six years. A member of the horse patrol, he eventually became an instructor. Joel, Nick's brother, also stationed in Naco said his brother will be remembered as a devoted husband and father committed to his faith, "sometimes I have to wonder why Nick was taken at this time but then I also think Nick was such a great man, he was ready to enter the Kingdom of God."

Joel told those in attendance how his brother loved protecting America's southern border. He said Nick was responding to a sensor he had installed himself that fateful morning he was killed, "He died in a peaceful place. Although it may have been a traumatic experience he did die peacefully."

Nick is survived by his wife and two daughters ages 1 and 3.

2 years ago

RAW VIDEO: Fallen agent Nicholas Ivie remembered by family and friends

TUCSON - Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was remembered by his family and the public at large at a memorial service held Monday morning in Sierra Vista.

He was the youngest of five children, and described by his brother and fellow Border Patrol agent Joel Ivie as a happy kid. Agent Ivie will be remembered as a "man of quiet humility, patient, positive, professional and determined," Joel Ivie said during the eulogy for his brother.

Two stories of Nicholas Ivie's time at the Border Patrol are recounted by his brother in the raw videos above, along with a recitation of "I Know My Redeemer Lives," by Marlee Forsberg.

Nicholas became fluent in Spanish when he volunteered for a Mormon mission and spent two years in Mexico City.

While training to become a Border Patrol agent at the Border Patrol Academy, Nicholas Ivie would send his wife poems, his family recounted during the service.

He would go on to work on Horse Patrol for the Border Patrol in Naco, and would eventually become an instructor. He is remembered as a man of his word, and had an eye for someone in need, his brother said.

His daughters were his pride and joy, Joel Ivie said of his brother.

Shortly before his death, he was asked to serve as church counselor to the bishop at the Sierra Vista Church of Latter-day Saints. In fact, the Sunday before he was killed, Nicholas Ivie conducted services at the church and stood at the very podium where his brother gave his eulogy this morning.

Ivie's body will now be taken to his home in Utah, where a service will be held on Thursday, October 11.

2 years ago

RAW VIDEO: Fallen border agent's body arrives at Sierra Vista church

SIERRA VISTA - The body of fallen Border Patrol Nicholas Ivie arrived at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Yaqui Street in Sierra Vista this morning, ahead of the 10 a.m. funeral service.

In the raw video above, the hearse finishes the funeral procession in which dozens of Border Patrol and law enforcement officers, horses and vehicles lined the streets in respect for Agent Ivie. Hundreds more were outside the church to pay their respects.

Ivie's body is then taken in to the church for the 10 a.m. service. His body will be taken home to Utah Tuesday.

Tune in to News 4 Tucson at Noon and KVOA.com for video from the service.

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2 years ago

Funeral Monday for border agent killed in So. AZ

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - Funeral services for U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie are set for Monday in the southern Arizona city of Sierra Vista.

Ivie's funeral at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse begins at 10 a.m.

The service will be broadcast in several Mormon meeting houses across southern Arizona.

Ivie is survived by his wife, two young daughters, parents and siblings.

Ivie was shot to death early Tuesday near the Mexican border as three agents responded to an alarm that was triggered by a sensor aimed at detecting smugglers. A second agent was wounded.

The FBI says it appears the agents opened fire on each other in a case of friendly fire.

A second funeral will be held Thursday morning at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

2 years ago

Hundreds pay respect to fallen Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie

SIERRA VISTA - Hundreds of people lined up to pay respect to fallen Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie.

Family, friends and some strangers went to Ivie's visitation at the Hatfield Funeral Home Sunday evening.

Chris Ivie is Nicholas Ivie's older brother.

"We're doing all right," he said. "The shock is kind of worn off, and we're dealing with it. And there is still a lot of emotional times, but we find ourselves smiling and chuckling a little bit if we talk about Nick."

It appears another agent shot Ivie while they were on duty in the middle of the night.

"It was a tragic, tragic accident," Chris Ivie said. "There's no anger towards anybody. In fact, there's been a lot of love expressed, and that helps the healing."

Chris Ivie said he appreciates all the support from Border Patrol, other law enforcement agencies and the community.

"He was a hero," Chris Ivie said. "He lived as a hero. He died as a hero. He's not just a hero because he's dead, he really was."

Chris Ivie said he takes comfort in his faith he will see his brother again.

"It's not just a belief," he said. "It's a knowledge, and that's what helps us get by."

Ivie's funeral will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Yaqui Street in Sierra Vista Monday.

His body will be taken home to Utah Tuesday.

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2 years ago

Union: Border agents opened fire on each other

PHOENIX - 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 Sunday.

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.

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

"I don't know what it was he saw or heard that triggered this whole event," McCubbin said. "Unfortunately it resulted in his death and another agent injured."

Acting Cochise County Sheriff Rod Rothrock confirmed the scenario but would not say if Ivie was the first to shoot, saying that was up to the federal agencies involved.

The new details add to a FBI statement Friday that the shooting appeared to be a friendly fire incident that involved no one but the agents.

Sensors are set up in different areas along the U.S.-Mexico border to detect smugglers or illegal immigrants, with Border Patrol agents responding when they're set off. The shooting occurred in a rugged hilly area about five miles north of the border near Bisbee, Ariz., an area known for illegal trafficking.

McCubbin and Rothrock both said the two sets of agents knew the others were heading to the area on foot but apparently didn't know they were so close. McCubbin said he'd been briefed by the agency, while Rothrock's agency has been involved with the investigation.

"It was dark, very, very rugged terrain, and what they could see of each other was further obscured by the fact that there was brush and cacti and stuff like that between them," Rothrock said. "I have no doubt that these agents were in as heightened a state of alert as you can get due to the proximity to the border and the history of trafficking in that area."

Rothrock said that when the agents spotted each other in the dark, "they apparently took defensive postures, which was probably interpreted as aggressive postures. Like readying your weapons, for example."

Ivie, 30, died at the scene, and one of the other agents was wounded but has since been released from the hospital.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the Border Patrol and other federal and local agencies flooded the area with personnel looking for who they believed were assailants who had attacked the agents.

"That was the initial reports from the beginning," McCubbin said. "That was the reason for the saturation manhunt there. They even had permission to fly into Mexico. They were seeking people out. What this was based on, we'd have to assume it was based on the initial statements given by the agents on the scene."

Two people suspected of being involved in the shooting were arrested by the Mexican government but were apparently not involved at all.

"They had a couple of people in custody but other than being in the area, there was no evidence putting them there at the scene," McCubbin said. "They could have been guides, they could have been scouts, and those type of folks typically go back and forth all the time anyway."

Rothrock said he believed the agents' actions were "appropriate and in accordance with their training had they, in fact, been engaging people involved in illegal activities. Unfortunately, they weren't engaging people involved in illegal activities, they were engaging each other."

Rothrock said a death investigation report will be sent to the Cochise County Attorney's Office for review as a matter of routine, but he doubted any legal action will be taken against the surviving agents.

A visitation was to be held in Sierra Vista, Ariz., on Sunday night for Ivie, who is survived by his wife and two young daughters. His funeral is set for Monday morning.

"It's happened and it's a horrible tragedy for the agents involved and their families and the agency," McCubbin said. "We can come up with some reasons as to how this happened but that doesn't fix anything. All we can send prayers to the families and all the agents involved that somehow they can find some peace with this someday."

Ivie's death marked the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010 and spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation.

2 years ago

Former Border Patrol agent speak of dangers of the job

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie's death reminds people how dangerous the job is.

Ivie was shot while on duty near Naco Tuesday. The FBI says it was probably friendly fire from another agent.

Carl Sanders retired from the Border Patrol about 15 years ago.

"When you're working with guys like that," Sanders said, "it's a brotherhood. When you lose somebody it hurts."

He said he lost a couple friends in his 22 year career.

"I think he should be remembered as a hero," Sanders said. "These guys are sacrificing everything."

Sanders spent 18 years stationed in Naco.

"There were a lot of times I was scared out there," Sanders said. "Back then, it wasn't like it is now."

Rod Rothrock is the Interim Chief Deputy of the Office of Cochise County Sheriff. He said the agents had every reason to believe they were in danger.

"They knew that if they encountered somebody out there, it was very likely to be heavily armed drug smugglers," Rothrock said, "and that was a contributing factor."

2 years ago

Slain Border Patrol agent likely killed by friendly fire

Tucson - FBI investigators reveal the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent, Nicholas Ivie earlier this week was, most likely, the result of friendly fire.

From the beginning Cochise County Sheriff investigators believed that might be the case.

Rod Rothrock, who is operating as interim sheriff following the death of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, says "At that time there was ballistic evidence that needed to be examined. There was information of potential suspects arrested in Mexico things of that nature."

The FBI expedited the scientific processing and so far believe the only ones firing weapons the agents themselves.

"There is a saying in the military that says someone has to walk point," Rothrock said. "Meaning somebody has to be the lead going into the danger zone. This is tragic and none of the agents involved wanted this outcome in any way shape or form. But God bless them they were walking point and going into the danger zone and they were doing this for you and me."

Agent Nick Iveys family was notified of the results of the investigation earlier today.

2 years ago

FBI: 'Strong preliminary indications' of friendly fire in Agent Ivie's death

TUCSON - An FBI statement appears to confirm that there are strong indications that Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was killed in a friendly fire incident.

Below is the FBI's statement in full:

"While it is important to emphasize that the FBI's investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents. The FBI is utilizing all necessary investigative, forensic, and analytical resources in the course of this investigation. We thank the United States Customs and Border Protection, United States Border Patrol, and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, for the challenging work they do every day and for their ongoing cooperation in this difficult matter. At the appropriate time further information will be provided, but while the investigation continues it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.

"The FBI extends our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Nicholas Ivie and to our partners in the United States Border Patrol."

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2 years ago

Friendly fire killed Border Patrol agent, sources tell NBC News

(NBC NEWS) - Investigators are preparing to announce that the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie in Arizona earlier this week was the result of friendly fire -- accidental gunfire from another agent who responded to the same scene, state and federal officials told NBC News on Friday.
The conclusion is based on an analysis of the ballistics, the lack of evidence of other criminals in the area at the time, and other factors, the sources said.

A formal statement about the findings could come later Friday.

The incident involving Ivie and two other agents occurred Tuesday in a rugged area about five miles north of the US-Mexico border near Bisbee, Ariz. The agents had responded to an alarm from a sensor that tracks illegal movement along the border.
Ivie was killed. A second agent was wounded and was released from the hospital after undergoing surgery. The third agent was unharmed.

State and federal officials said immediately after the incident that the shootings were committed by armed criminals. And since then, Mexican authorities have said they arrested two men in Agua Prieta, northern Sonora state, a few miles from where the shooting occurred.

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2 years ago

Union boss: Friendly fire possibility in shooting

PHOENIX (AP) - The shooting of two U.S. Border Patrol agents near the Arizona-Mexico border may have been a case of friendly fire, a union chief for border agents and law enforcement officials said Friday.

The development could shake up the investigation into the death of one of the agents that re-ignited the political debate over security on the border.

George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border agents, said Friday that he has learned new details that make him believe friendly fire could have played a part in the shooting.

"The only thing I can say is that the possibility of friendly fire is a higher likely scenario," McCubbin said, declining to elaborate on the new details.

Two law enforcement officials also told The Associated Press that the FBI is investigating the possibility that the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Agent Nicholas Ivie and the wounding of another agent early Tuesday morning five miles from the border was a case of friendly fire.

The probe is examining whether the two agents exchanged gunfire Tuesday in the mistaken belief that each was being fired on by a hostile gunman.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is under investigation.

FBI officials in Washington and Phoenix declined to comment.

The shooting occurred in a rugged hilly area about five miles north of the border near Bisbee, Ariz., as the agents responded to an alarm that was triggered on one of the sensors that the government has installed along the border. The wounded agent has been released from the hospital, while the third agent was uninjured.

Ivie's death marked the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010 and spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation.

Terry's shooting was later linked to that "Fast and Furious" operation, which allowed people suspected of illegally buying guns for others to walk away from gun shops with weapons, rather than be arrested.

Authorities intended to track the guns into Mexico. Two rifles found at the scene of Terry's shooting were bought by a member of the gun-smuggling ring being investigated. Critics of the operation say any shooting along the border now will raise the specter that those illegal weapons are still being used.

Twenty-six Border Patrol agents have died in the line of duty since 2002.

Pictured: An aerial view of the shooting scene near Naco.

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2 years ago

Funeral for slain Border Patrol agent set for Monday, open to public

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - The funeral for slain Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie will be held on Monday, October 8 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Sierra Vista, and will be open to the public.

The funeral begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to last for about one and a half hours, according to Stake President of the church, Kevin Goates. The church is located at 2100 Yaqui Street in Sierra Vista.

"Anyone desiring to attend the service is welcome," Goates said. "Due to a possible overflow situation, two additional meetinghouses in Sierra Vista will broadcast the funeral via closed circuit television. We will also broadcast funeral services to Bisbee and Douglas meetinghouses to minimize travel time for Border Patrol agents who wish to attend from those locations."

Those attending the service are asked to be in their seats at least 20 minutes before the beginning of the service. No cameras or recording equipment may be used inside the chapel, and no smoking is allowed on church grounds.

The body of Nicholas Ivie will arrive at 8:30 a.m., followed by a special horse-drawn procession by the Border Patrol. Details on a second funeral service in Utah and a memorial service in Southern Arizona will be announced at a later time.

Ivie was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all his life. He served a two-year mission to Mexico, where he learned Spanish.

Below is a list of locations - the first is where the service will be held, the others are where the service will be broadcast via closed-circuit television:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Main Location)
2100 Yaqui Street
Sierra Vista, AZ 85650

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Closed Circuit Broadcast)
1655 Ave del Sol
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Closed Circuit Broadcast)
1000 Taylor Drive
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Closed Circuit Broadcast)
611 Melody Lane
Bisbee, AZ 85603

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Closed Circuit Broadcast)
2800 15th Street
Douglas, AZ 85607

2 years ago

Vigil held for fallen Border Patrol agent Ivie

NACO, Ariz. - The family of the fallen Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie attended an emotional candlelight vigil in Naco, Ariz. this evening.

A diverse group of residents of the border communiy, Border Patrol agents as well as members of Ivie's family gathered at Saint Michael's Catholic Perish to honor the memory of agent Ivie.

Prayers were given and hymns were sung in what was the end of an emotional day for Ivie's family. Nicholas' brother, Joel Ivie, who is also a Border Patrol agent shared what kind of man his brother was to the group that attended the vigil.

"Nick wasn't one to come and boast abbout things that he did, that was just who he was...part of his normal life," Joel Ivie said.

The event culminated in a candlelight vigil, which was a symbol for the light he brought into the lives of those he knew.

Seth Polley, who helped organize the event said it is heart-breaking to think about what Ivie's family is going through.

"We just pray for the family tonight and recommit ourselves to this desert, these borderlands," Polley said.

2 years ago

Ivie family speaks out

SIERRA VISTA - The family of fallen border patrol agent Nicholas Ivie came together in Sierra Vista Thursday to remember him.

A group of 30 family members came from Utah to share stories and reflect on Ivie's life.

They said they are leaning on each other during these tough times, with help from their faith and the community.

Chris Ivey, who is the oldest of Nick's siblings, did most of the talking.

"We rely heavily on our heavenly father," Chris Ivey said. "We know people are praying for us."

His other brother Rick was also there, as well as his sister.

"We all looked up to him indeed," Rick Ivey said.

Ivey's friend and fellow border patrol agent Joel was in attendance, but due to the ongoing investigation, he was not able to talk to the media.

"They're both on horse patrol right now, and recently in the last few months, they did work together as a team, as partners," Chris Ivey said.

The family said they know Nick is with their heavenly father, and they are overwhelmed by the kindness and support of the community.

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2 years ago

Slain federal agent described as loving father

PHOENIX (AP) - The family of a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed along the Mexico/Arizona border says the man was a devoted Mormon who developed a love for the Mexican people and culture while serving on a mission in Mexico City.

Agent Nicholas Ivie and two other agents were fired upon Tuesday about five miles north of the border as they responded to an alarm triggered by a border sensor. The wounded agent was released from the hospital after undergoing surgery. The third agent wasn't injured.

A Mexican law enforcement official says federal police have arrested two men who may be connected with the shooting but authorities aren't saying much else.

Ivie's family described the 30-year-old as a loving father and husband who loved his job as a Border Patrol agent.

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2 years ago

Mexico holds 2 in connection with border shooting

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican law-enforcement official says federal police have arrested two men who may be connected with the fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent this week just north of the Mexico/Arizona border.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information, said it remained unclear if there was strong evidence linking the men to the shooting of Agent Nicholas Ivie. Another agent was wounded in the attack.

Ivie and two other agents were fired upon in a rugged hilly area about five miles north of the border as they responded to an alarm that was triggered on one of the sensors that the government has installed along the border.

2 years ago

Search for answers continues in Border Agent's death

SIERRA VISTA - Rumors of an arrest in the shooting death of Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie are swirling but law enforcement agencies will not comment on the matter.

Chief Deputy Rod Rothrock who is executing the office of the sheriff said rumors of an arrest in Mexico could not be confirmed. He said several of his deputies were continuing to assist the FBI in the investigation late Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the FBI said crime scene investigations typically take two days but as of Wednesday evening it had not been complete.

Chief Deputy Rothrock said his department has a specialized unit known as the Narcotics Enforcement Team that is familiar with the area where the shooting occured, "I don't think it's a secret to the citizens of Cochise County that our border situation is perilous. It is not safe and it is not secure and it is a situation that can extend north of the border itself."

He said his deputies were working at 100 percent to find the killer, "We have a responsibility to engage criminal activity and we're going to continue to do that and we have to trust on our training and ability and sometimes a modicum of luck."

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2 years ago

RAW VIDEO: Procession for slain border agent leaves Tucson

UPDATE: The procession has reached the Hatfield Funeral Home in Sierra Vista. Agents lowered the flag to half-staff in honor of Agent Ivie as the family watched.

TUCSON - About 20 Border Patrol vehicles are now escorting the body of slain Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie to a mortuary in Sierra Vista - over 50 more law enforcement officers lined the road for the procession.

The procession left the Pima county Office of the Medical Examiner at about 12:10 p.m. this afternoon with the body of Agent Ivie, who was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in an incident near Naco, Arizona.

Nicholas Ivie and a colleague were on patrol in the desert near Naco, about 100 miles from Tucson, when gunfire broke out shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Border Patrol.

Ivie, 30, was killed. The other agent, whose name hasn't been released, was hospitalized after being shot in the ankle and buttocks.

It was the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation.
The Border Patrol said Ivie worked for the agency since January 2008 and grew up in Provo, Utah. He worked as an emergency medical technician before joining the Border Patrol, said his brother-in-law, Todd Davis. He served a two-year mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico City after high school.

Davis said Ivie's desire to help others, and his love of the outdoors and riding horses led him to the Border Patrol, where he served on the horse patrol unit.

"Nick always tried to help others. He was a very selfless man with his family, with his friends, in anything he did," Davis said. "You know the risk but you pray this day would never happen."

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

2 years ago

Slain border agent's body arrives in Tucson

TUCSON - The body of Agent Nicolas Ivie arrived at the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office Tuesday afternoon. The 30-year-old was killed in the line of duty early Tuesday morning near the border community of Naco.

Naco is in Cochise County which no longer has a medical examiner's office. Agent Ivie's body arrived via helicopter to the University of Arizona's Medical Center Kino South Campus. Upon arrival agents from the U.S. Border Patrol saluted the body and loaded it into an medical examiner's transport van. Border Patrol agents in a procession then drove Agent Ivie's remains to the medical examiner's office.

As with agency tradition, Agent Ivie's body will be accompanied by a fellow agent in what is known as the honor watch.

Pima County's Medical Examiner Dr. Gregory Hess said he expects the autopsy to be done on Wednesday.

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Slain Border Patrol agent described as "selfless"

NACO, Ariz. (AP) - The Border Patrol says slain agent Nicholas Ivie had worked for the agency since January 2008 and grew up in Provo, Utah. He was 30.

His brother-in-law, Todd Davis, says Ivie worked as an emergency medical technician before joining the Border Patrol. Ivie was the youngest of five children, and often went camping, hunting and fishing with his family.

Davis said Ivie's desire to help others, and his love of the outdoors and riding horses led him to the Border Patrol, where he served on the horse patrol unit.

He described his brother-in-law as "a very selfless man with his family, with his friends, in anything he did."

Twenty-six Border Patrol agents have died in the line of duty since 2002.

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RAW VIDEO: Complete FBI/CBP news conference on Agent Ivie

NACO, Ariz. - The video above is the complete, unedited news conference held at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon regarding the death of Agent Nicholas Ivie.

An FBI investigator provided the latest information on the investigation into the shooting incident, and Customs and Border Protection official Jeffrey Self provided comments on behalf of his agency.

Watch the video in full above, and tune in to News 4 Tucson this evening for the latest.

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Border Patrol agents who died in line of duty

(AP) - Twenty-six U.S. Border Patrol agents have died in the line of duty since 2002.

The last officer to die in the line of duty was Agent James Dominguez, who in July was struck by a car while he was helping another motorist about 100 miles west of San Antonio.

Four agents have been fatally shot since January 2008:

- Nicholas Ivie, 30, was fatally shot Tuesday just outside of Bisbee, Ariz., when he and other agents were responding to an electronic sensor that was triggered near the border.

- Brian Terry, 40, died in a shootout with Mexican bandits near Arizona's border with Mexico in December 2010. Two weapons thought to have been acquired by illicit buyers in the U.S. government's bungled "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling operation were recovered at the scene.

- Robert Rosas, 30, was shot eight times while on solo patrol in a rugged, remote mountainous area east of San Diego in July 2009. He was lured from his car in a robbery attempt and shot from behind.

- Luis Aguilar, 32, was struck and killed with a drug-laden Hummer in California's Imperial Sand Dunes during January 2008 as he laid spike strips in an attempt to puncture the vehicle's tires. Jesus Navarro was extradited from Mexico and sentenced to life in prison last year.

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RAW VIDEO: BP agents line the street for Agent Ivie procession

TUCSON - This afternoon, the body of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was transported by black hawk helicopter to the UAMC South Campus, where dozens of fellow agents lined the street in a somber procession for their fallen comrade.

"They are, in fact, here en masse," News 4 Tucson's Lorraine Rivera noted during the procession. "You can see the sheer number of Border Patrol agents here at the office of the medical examiner here in Pima County, transporting the body of Nicholas Ivie."

The helicopter landed on the roof the UAMC South Campus building in southern Pima County. Agent Ivie's body was then transported by truck to the nearby office of the medical examiner, as over a dozen Border Patrol vehicles and officers lined the street for a somber procession.

"This is tradition with the force," Rivera said.

Agent Ivie, 30, was shot and killed at about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning after he and two other officers responded to an activated motion sensor on Highway 80, near Naco, Arizona. One other agent received non-life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a nearby airport. The third was not injured.

"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Ivie's family during this terrible time," said Jeffrey D. Self, commander of the Joint Field Command - Arizona. "This is a tragic loss for Customs and Border Protection. We have an unwavering commitment to pursue and bring the perpetuators of this heinous act to justice."

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2 years ago

DHS Sec. Napolitano issues statement on border agent death

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current Department of Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano has released the following statement regarding the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie:

"I am deeply saddened by the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie and the attack on another Border Patrol Agent early this morning. Both agents were on patrol near Bisbee, Arizona when they came under fire from an unknown assailant. This act of violence reminds us of the risks our men and women confront, and the dangers they willingly undertake, while protecting our nation's borders. We are working closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to track down those responsible for this inexcusable crime, and to bring them to justice. I have ordered all DHS flags to fly at half staff in honor of our fallen CBP colleague. Together, we stand in solidarity with their families and friends at this difficult time, and pray for the continued safety of all who serve our country."

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Gov. Brewer issues statement on deadly border shooting

PHOENIX - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer released the following statement regarding the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie:

"Arizona has lost another Border Patrol agent.

"In the dark hours before daybreak, one agent was killed and another injured while on-duty along Arizona's southern border. It is believed they were responding to an alerted ground sensor in a remote area near Bisbee, a short distance north of the border. In a tragic coincidence, these agents were assigned to Brian Terry Station - newly-dedicated and named for a U.S. Border Patrol agent murdered under similar circumstances in Arizona less than two years ago.

"More recently, in May 2011, we lost two more agents - Eduardo Rojas, Jr. and Hector Clark - when they were killed in a vehicle accident while pursuing suspected drug smugglers near Gila Bend.

"What happens next has become all-too-familiar in Arizona. Flags will be lowered in honor of the slain agent. Elected officials will vow to find those responsible. Arizonans and Americans will grieve, and they should. But this ought not only be a day of tears. There should be anger, too. Righteous anger - at the kind of evil that causes sorrow this deep, and at the federal failure and political stalemate that has left our border unsecured and our Border Patrol in harm's way. Four fallen agents in less than two years is the result.

"It has been 558 days since the Obama administration declared the security of the U.S.-Mexico border ‘better now than it has ever been.' I'll remember that statement today."

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Killed Border Patrol agent identified

TUCSON - Officials have confirmed that the Border Patrol agent that was shot and killed early this morning is 30-year-old Nicholas Ivie.

In an official news release, Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed the identity of the agent killed as Ivie, who has been with Border Patrol since January 2008. He is a native of Provo, Utah.

Ivie and two other agents responded to a motion sensor that was activated near mile marker 352 on highway 80, outside of Naco, Arizona, officials stated in the release. Another agent sustained non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital - he is reported in stable condition at this time.

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 wounded agent was in surgery and expected to recover, McCubbin said.

"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Ivie's family during this terrible time," said Jeffrey D. Self, commander of the Joint Field Command - Arizona. "This is a tragic loss for Customs and Border Protection. We have an unwavering commitment to pursue and bring the perpetuators of this heinous act to justice."

Authorities are urging members of the public to report any activity they may have seen, and be on the lookout for anything suspicious by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. The case is under investigation by the FBI and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

Twenty-six Border Patrol agents have died in the line of duty since 2002.

Stay tuned for more details on the shooting as they become available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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2 years ago

Border Patrol agent shot, killed on patrol in Ariz

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) - A Border Patrol agent was shot to death Tuesday in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation.

The agent and a colleague were on patrol in the desert near Naco, Ariz., about 100 miles from Tucson, when shooting broke out shortly before 2 a.m., the Border Patrol said. The second agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks, and was airlifted to a hospital.

Authorities have not identified the agents, nor did they say whether any weapons were seized at the site of the shooting.

The last Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty was Brian Terry, who died in a shootout with bandits near the border in December 2010. The Border Patrol station in Naco, where the two agents shot Tuesday were stationed, was recently named after Terry.

Terry's shooting was later linked to the government's Fast and Furious gun-smuggling operation, which allowed people suspected of illegally buying guns for others to walk away from gun shops with weapons, rather than be arrested.

Authorities intended to track the guns into Mexico. Two rifles found at the scene of Terry's shooting were bought by a member of the gun-smuggling ring being investigated.

Critics of the operation say any shooting along the border now will raise the specter those illegal weapons are still being used in border violence.

"There's no way to know at this point how the agent was killed, but because of Operation Fast and Furious, we'll wonder for years if the guns used in any killing along the border were part of an ill-advised gun-walking strategy," Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said in a written statement.

The FBI, which also is investigating the shooting, declined to say whether investigators have recovered guns or bullet casings at the scene of the shooting.

The U.S. government has put thousands of sensors along the border that, when tripped, alert dispatchers that they should send agents to a given area.

The shooting occurred after an alarm was triggered on one of the many sensors along the border and the three agents went to investigate, said Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas. It is not known whether the agents returned fire, Capas said.

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 wounded agent was in surgery and expected to recover, McCubbin said.

Twenty-six Border Patrol agents have died in the line of duty since 2002.

Pictured: A aerial view of the scene of the shooting, courtesy KPNX News 12 in Phoenix

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Border Patrol shooting death first since Agent Terry

TUCSON - The U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed in Naco Tuesday morning was the first Border Patrol agent killed by gunfire since Agent Brian Terry was shot to death in December, 2010.

Agent Terry was killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits near the border in Rio Rico. The shooting was later linked to the government's botched Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation. Coincidentally, the border patrol station in Naco was recently named after Terry.

Four other agents have died in "line of duty" traffic accidents since then. Agents Eduardo Rojas and Hector Clark were killed in May, 2011. They were tracking a group of illegal immigrants when their vehicle was struck by a freight train near Gila Bend. Another agent was killed in a crash while patrolling near Fort Hancock, Texas. And in July, a fourth agent was killed while assisting a disabled motorist near Cline, Texas.

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Homeland Security says Border Patrol agent killed

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.

The agents were shot while patrolling in Naco, Ariz., at about 1:50 a.m. MST Tuesday, according to the Border Patrol.

The wounded agent was airlifted to a hospital after being shot in the ankle and buttocks, according to Homeland Security.

Authorities have not identified the agents who were assigned to the Naco, Ariz., station about 100 miles southeast of Tucson.

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

The border patrol station in Naco was recently named after Terry.

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Border Patrol agent assigned to Brian Terry Station killed near Naco

NACO, Ariz.- A Border Patrol agent has died this morning.

Border Patrol tell News Four Tucson that agents assigned to the renamed Brian Terry Station were involved in a shoot out early this morning.

One of those agents was killed and another was air lifted to the hospital, with non life-threatening injuries.

The FBI and Cochise County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Stay with News Four Tucson for updates throughout the morning.

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