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No drug smugglers involved on Ivie's death

Border Patrol mourning one of their agents.
Border Patrol mourning one of their agents.
Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

Last week’s death of Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was not a result of a Mexican drug lord ambush or attack, as it had been said first, but instead, a terrible mistake committed by fellow B.P. officers whom returned fire with fire shots, in an area of heavy brush during the dark early hours of last Tuesday.

According to the Border Patrol agents' union, two teams of agents were inspecting an area where a sensor had been activated early Tuesday and stumble upon each other in a dark area of heavy brush. Ivie opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they fired back.

"I don't know what it was he [Ivie] saw or heard that triggered this whole event," National Border Patrol Council president George McCubbin told the Associated Press. "Unfortunately it resulted in his death and another agent injured."

Border Patrol agents respond when sensors set up in different areas along the U.S.-Mexico border are set off, as they’re installed to detect smugglers or illegal immigrants. The shooting occurred in a rough mountainous area some five miles north of the U.S. – Mexico border near Bisbee, Ariz.

Ivie, 30, is survived by his wife and two young daughters. His funeral has been scheduled for Monday morning. The second agent wounded, has been released from the hospital.


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