The Border Patrol released the following statement after one of its agents, Nicholas Ivie, was shot and killed Tuesday morning. Another agent was wounded.
The statement below has not been altered in any way.
“One U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded after a shooting early this morning near Naco, Arizona.
Border Patrol Agent Nicolas Ivie, 30, was killed after he and two other agents responded to a sensor hit near mile-maker 352 on Highway 80. One other Border Patrol agent sustained non-life threatening wounds and was airlifted to a local hospital. He is reported in stable condition at this time.
“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.”
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla added, “Tucson Sector mourns the loss of one of our own. It stands as a reminder of the dangers that agents of CBP face every day. We appreciate our state, local, federal and international partners for their support and commitment in seeking justice in this tragedy,” he stated.
The investigation is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office. More updates will follow as appropriate.
Agent Ivie was a native of Provo, Utah and joined the U.S. Border Patrol in January-2008.
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.”