Saturday, October 6, 2012

FBI Report Indicates U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ivie's Death Might Have Been Accidental

Nicholas J. Ivie

Preliminary report by FBI says, border patrol agent's death could have resulted from friendly fire.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 6, 2012

Phoenix, Arizona - A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) preliminary report indicated that U.S. Border Patrol Agent (BP) Nicholas J. Ivie's, 30, shooting death could have resulted from friendly fire, according to James L. Turgal, FBI Agent in Charge. BP Agent Ivie and other border agents had responded in horse back to a sensor movement investigation in the Arizona remote area between the U.S. and Mexican border.
They began to discharge weapons upon what they thought could have been drug traffickers in the area. Ivie apparently fired first and wounded another BP agent. A third BP agent returned fire and fatally shot Ivie last Tuesday around 1:30 a.m.
The FBI continues to investigate the deadly incident, but initially found no evidence of drug traffickers in that area where Ivie was fatally shot. Evidence collected at the scene shows that the agents could have been confused that night and fired upon each other resulting in BP Agent Ivie's death. 
The initial report by the FBI indicates Ivie's death was accidental, but is not conclusive until the federal investigation into Ivie's death is concluded.
Another agent was injured in the incident.

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