Border agent in Arizona may have been killed by friendly fire

PHOENIX Fri Oct 5, 2012 7:45pm EDT

U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie, 30, is shown in this U.S. Customs and Border Protection photograph released to Reuters on October 2, 2012. REUTERS/U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Handout

U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie, 30, is shown in this U.S. Customs and Border Protection photograph released to Reuters on October 2, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Handout

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PHOENIX (Reuters) - There are strong indications that a Border Patrol agent killed in Arizona near the Mexico border earlier this week may have been hit by friendly fire in an accidental shooting involving other agents, the FBI said on Friday.

"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 said in a statement.

(Reporting By David Schwartz, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (4)
lazywolf wrote:
Her job seems to be to make things appear not be the big news that they are. At least until it doesn’t hurt the administration too much. The word on the street is that (and I mean the streets of southeast Arizona) this was an armed incursion with the intention of tripping the sensor, and killing the first responders. I heard that they were hunted. Also, that friendly fire thing just doesn’t sound right. These people all have training and communications ability. I’m thinking they would identify the target(at least that)before they start slinging lead.

Oct 05, 2012 5:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
Legalize pot. There are no lettuce wars.

Oct 05, 2012 6:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bigkarlj wrote:
damn those fast and furious commentors got NOTHING to say Bout FRIENDLY fire….both them and the term are oxyMORONS

Oct 05, 2012 7:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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