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Autopsy: Border Patrol Agent Died from Gunshot to Head During Suspected Friendly Fire Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A long-awaited autopsy has revealed that a U.S. Border Patrol agent died of a gunshot wound to the head by what federal authorities describe as friendly fire along the Arizona-Mexico border, CNN reports.

The report, released Wednesday, shows that Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, of Provo, Utah, died Oct. 2 by a “penetrating gunshot wound of the head involving the brain.”

Ivie was responding to an alarm at the border when he became involved in a shootout that also wounded another agent.

In a preliminary investigation, the FBI said evidence suggests the shooting was between Border Patrol agents who had become confused.

Investigation: Friendly Fire That Killed a U.S. Border Patrol Agent Was Not Sparked by Communication Breakdown

Border fence along Juarez-El Paso border/istock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A preliminary investigation into the friendly fire death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona found that agents didn’t lose radio contact before shots were fired, the Associated Press reports.

The sheriff’s report eased fears that a communication breakdown led to the fatal shooting, as many had speculated.

According to the AP, Agent Nicholas Ivie, 30, was responding to an underground sensor designed to detect illegal activity when two other agents to the south of him opened fire.

It was revealed that one of the agents who opened fire said she saw Ivie but drew her weapon when gunfire erupted.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Editorial: Border Agents Need More Support to Avoid Communication Breakdowns

Border fence along Juarez-El Paso border/istock photo

The Arizona Republic

The badlands of southern Arizona are treacherous to the men and women we send to protect our national border with Mexico. The terrain is jagged, the sunlight scorching, and the place teems with drug traffickers, human smugglers and bandits.

Add to those threats one more. Darkness. The kind that comes when communication radios are useless because they cannot transmit or receive signals.

Throughout the border area, there are “dead spots” where radio contact can be lost and U.S. Border Patrol agents lose their lifeline to the outside world.

While we don’t know yet whether a dead spot was responsible, we do know that Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie and two other agents lost radio contact the night he was killed by friendly fire on Oct. 2, about 6 miles east of Bisbee.

And we know dead spots are common on the U.S.-Mexican border because there are not enough repeater towers to boost signals.

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Slain Border Patrol Agent in Arizona Remembered During Funeral As New Details Emerge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Border Patrol agent killed by apparent friendly fire along the Mexico border in Arizona was remembered during a poignant funeral Monday, Reuters reports.

“Our best wishes and prayers continue for the other agents involved in the incident, that they may experience healing and peace. We honor all who serve in the Border Patrol, carrying out an extremely difficult task under harsh conditions,” the family of Nicholas Ivie, 30, said in a statement issued late on Sunday.

The death underscores the dangers facing Border Patrol agents, four of whom died in less than two years in Arizona, according to Reuters.

According to more recent investigations, Ivie believed he had encountered an armed smuggler and opened fire. Two other agents, believing the same thing, returned fire, Reuters reported.

Funeral services began after a horse-drawn carriage carried Ivie’s coffin through Sierra Vista to a Mormon church.