Just two weeks after a Border Patrol Station was named for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered during the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious, two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot Tuesday morning. One of those agents received a fatal shot. Their identities have not yet been released.
The Shooting occurred near the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Arizona, about eight miles from the border.
Fox News reports,
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 agents were on horseback at the time of the shooting.
The shooting occurred after an alarm was triggered on one of the many sensors along the border and the three agents went to investigate, said Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas.
The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The injured agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks, the Department of Homeland Security said.
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene in Naco, southeast of Tucson, at 1:33 a.m. local time (4:33 a.m. EDT/0833 GMT) by the Border Patrol following reports that one of its agents had been shot, Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas said.
Deputies found one dead agent and another with non-life-threatening injuries, Capas said.
"As they were walking up the trail, they reported taking gunfire," Capas said. "We have unknown suspect or suspects at this point."
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office are searching for the killer.
In the case of Terry, two guns had been found with ties to the Fast and Furious operation, while another third gun is alleged to have been at the scene, though the Justice Department would not confirm it. Many believe that weapon was linked to the informant, or his brother, that aided authorities in Fast and Furious. In fact, that third gun's serial number was originally turned in with the other two.
One has to wonder now if we are looking at a Fast and Furious 2 scenario. Could the latest Border Patrol victims be the result of the Justice Department's operation of walking guns across the border?
Univision did a special report on the carnage that Operation Fast and Furious brought to Mexico. It appears we have yet to see the end of the consequences of the US government's irresponsible gunwalking operation.
Update: Senator Charles Grassley has released a statement:
“Border Patrol agents put their lives on the line every day to stop the border crossers and drug cartel members who venture illegally into the United States. There’s no way to know at this point how the agent was killed, but 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 gunwalking strategy sanctioned by the federal government. It’s a sad commentary. We all mourn for the Border Patrol agent who was killed near the border station named after another fallen hero and fellow agent, Brian Terry.”
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa has also released a statement:
“This shooting is a tragic reminder of the dangers the brave men and women who guard our borders face every day. Just last month, I attended a ceremony with agents based at the Bisbee station naming it in honor of their fallen colleague, Brian Terry. My prayers are with the family of the agent who lost his life today and his wounded colleague.
“Authorities must investigate the full circumstances of this shooting. I urge everyone to think of the families of these agents and avoid drawing conclusions before relevant facts are known.”
The Border Patrol released the following statement after one of its agents, Nicholas Ivie, was shot and killed Tuesday morning. Another agent was wounded.
The statement below has not been altered in any way.
“One U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded after a shooting early this morning near Naco, Arizona. Border Patrol Agent Nicolas Ivie, 30, was killed after he and two other agents responded to a sensor hit near mile-maker 352 on Highway 80. One other Border Patrol agent sustained non-life threatening wounds and was airlifted to a local hospital. He is reported in stable condition at this time.
“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.”
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla added, “Tucson Sector mourns the loss of one of our own. It stands as a reminder of the dangers that agents of CBP face every day. We appreciate our state, local, federal and international partners for their support and commitment in seeking justice in this tragedy,” he stated.
The investigation is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office. More updates will follow as appropriate.
Agent Ivie was a native of Provo, Utah and joined the U.S. Border Patrol in January-2008.
UPDATE: AZ Governor Jan Brewer released a statement:
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“What happens next has become all-too-familiar in Arizona. Flags will be lowered in honor of the slain agent. Elected officials will vow to find those responsible. Arizonans and Americans will grieve, and they should. But this ought not only be a day of tears. 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. Four fallen agents in less than two years is the result.
“It has been 558 days since the Obama administration declared the security of the U.S.-Mexico border ‘better now than it has ever been.’ I’ll remember that statement today.”