Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:44 PM by Ian Cross
Updated: Oct 2, 2012 1:40 PM
TUCSON - Officials have confirmed that the Border Patrol agent that was shot and killed early this morning is 30-year-old Nicholas Ivie.
In an official news release, Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed the identity of the agent killed as Ivie, who has been with Border Patrol since January 2008. He is a native of Provo, Utah.
Ivie and two other agents responded to a motion sensor that was activated near mile marker 352 on highway 80, outside of Naco, Arizona, officials stated in the release. Another agent sustained non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital - he is reported in stable condition at this time.
The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who was not harmed, according to George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents. The wounded agent was in surgery and expected to recover, McCubbin said.
"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Ivie's family during this terrible time," said Jeffrey D. Self, commander of the Joint Field Command - Arizona. "This is a tragic loss for Customs and Border Protection. We have an unwavering commitment to pursue and bring the perpetuators of this heinous act to justice."
Authorities are urging members of the public to report any activity they may have seen, and be on the lookout for anything suspicious by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. The case is under investigation by the FBI and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.
Twenty-six Border Patrol agents have died in the line of duty since 2002.
Stay tuned for more details on the shooting as they become available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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