US agent Nicholas Ivie shot dead near Arizona border
A US border patrol agent has been shot dead near Arizona's US-Mexico border in an area known for drug-smuggling, authorities say.
Another was wounded when the two responded to a tripped ground sensor in early on Tuesday.
Nicholas Ivie, 30, was the first agent killed since 2010, when a death led to a review of a botched US-run operation.
In Operation Fast and Furious, agents lost track of illegal guns from Arizona allowed into Mexico to target dealers.
Authorities said Mr Ivie and a fellow agent had been on foot near Naco, Arizona, about five miles (8km) north of the border, when gunshots rang out around 02:00 local time (09:00 GMT).
The second agent, who has not been identified, was airlifted to hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Speaking at a news briefing, authorities declined to say whether any weapons had been seized at the scene.
"As they were walking up the trail, they reported taking gunfire," Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas told Reuters.
She said it was not known who shot the agents.
Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer, who has previously criticised the Obama administration's immigration policy, said in a statement: "Arizonans and Americans will grieve, and they should.
"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."
In December 2010 Agent Brian Terry was killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits. Later, his death was linked with Operation Fast and Furious, which was tracking illegal guns.
Two of the illegal weapons were found at the scene of the border agent's murder. Fast and Furious ended in early 2011.
No arrests were made in connection with Terry's death, but 14 officials were recently cited for possible disciplinary action in a US justice department investigation into the handling of the operation.
In a statement, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said: "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."
And we have a worthless damned President who refuses to do anything about it because he wants to see this country fail miserably! Following George Soros the evil bastard!
I won't "wonder for years if the guns used in any killing along the border were part of an ill-advised gun-walking strategy."
It was a purposeful set up, and NOT to catch drug cartel or smugglers.
FBI: 'Friendly fire' concern over Nicholas Ivie death
A US border guard killed on a patrol to stop illegal immigrants from Mexico earlier this week may have been inadvertently shot by one of his own colleagues, the FBI says.
The shooting near Naco, Arizona, on Tuesday left Agent Nicholas Ivie dead and another wounded.
He was killed after he and two other agents reportedly responded to a tripped ground sensor near the border.
The FBI said investigations into the incident were continuing.
Ivie's killing was the first such incident since 2010 when a border agent's murder led to a review of a botched US-run cross-border gun-running operation.
Initial reports suggested that the agents had been ambushed as they responded to an alarm triggered by a ground sensor in the area.
The FBI gave few details other than to say it was investigating whether the death had come as a result of "friendly fire".
"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," FBI Special Agent in Charge James Turgal Jr said in a statement.
Mr Turgal did not elaborate as to why the FBI came to this conclusion, adding only that "all necessary investigative, forensic and analytical resources" were being used in the investigation.
After the shooting, officials said Ivie, 30, and a fellow unidentified agent, had been on foot about five miles (8km) north of the border, when gunshots rang out at around 02:00 local time (09:00 GMT).
A third agent, a woman, was with them but was unharmed in the attack. The injured agent has since been released from hospital following surgery.Suspects arrested
US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who flew to Arizona to review the case, said she was "deeply saddened by the death a fallen colleague".
Two suspects in Ivie's death were arrested during a Mexican military operation on Wednesday in Agua Prieta, in the northern state of Sonora, a Mexican official told the Reuters news agency.
A law enforcement official said it was not clear if strong evidence linked the men to the killing.
There has been no update on their status since the FBI's statement on its probe.
Also on Friday, Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer stood by
criticism of the US federal government in remarks at a meeting of border governors in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"It's the federal government's responsibility to secure our border, and they need to do that, and then we can deal with all the other issues that have come about because our border hasn't been secured," Mrs Brewer said.
Twenty-six US border agents have died in the line of duty since 2002.
The last agent to die on the border was Brian Terry, killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits in December 2010. Later, his death was linked with Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-running programme.
Obama? There has never been a doubt that he enjoys hearing of everytime one our border agents gets killed. NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER. Not one inkling of a doubt. I can picture him with that shyt eating grin on his face, dancing a jig, laughing about it everytime he hears of one dying. I very much feel exactly the same way about him, when it came to our people having been murdered in the ME. I really do, no joke. There is no way in hell Obama or Hillary would have said 2 words at the gathering when the 4 were brought down off the planes. NOT OVER MY CHILDS CASKET! NO WAY IN HELL!
They are thinking now this might have been friendly fire that killed him.
Friendly fire my ARSE!!! they just do not want anymore fast & Furious flying around so this is the story that this lawless admin has cooked up.... I do not think that they could even PAY people to believe this sh!t! BTW what about the fact that they have been BANNED from firing on Illegals??? remember they are supposed to run and hide... maybe THROW things at them.... What a load of crap.
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This post was modified from its original form on 06 Oct, 14:18
Yeah! Bean bags ought to be real fun and a real sure fire way to protect anyone's @$$! Scare the wits right out of them, right?! Don't throw 'em too hard though boys-don't want to leave a mark on the people out to murder you!
Hi Ray!! You know I was thinking the very same thing! They want to take the heat off the Fast and Furious and if they find another gun related to that incident and the murder of Brian Terry that would only add more pressure onto the Fast and Furious case! Obam and his administration do not want any more attention to that case so they will do whatever they have to do in order to take the heat off it!! After seeing them pull the sh*t they have this looks SO Obama/Holder!!
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They have done made their bed with Brian Terry's murder and now our people in Libya were murdered. No matter how they try to deflect it, it all comes back to them and Hillary. Now Nicholas Ivie. People that know all about these murders, and would vote Obama, are no better than what Obama, Holder and Hillary are. No better. They are not worth the energy exerted to spit on them, but I would gladly do so.