Border Patrol shooting: No suspects yet (+video)
The shooting death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent has again brought Arizona into the spotlight in the national immigration debate. Arizona lawmakers called for additional efforts to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
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"We need to redouble our efforts to secure the border and ensure the safety of Border Patrol agents," U.S. Democratic Representative Ron Barber, who represents the southern Arizona district where the shooting occurred, said in a statement.Skip to next paragraph
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Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at 1:33 a.m. local time (4:33 a.m. EDT/0833 GMT) and found one agent dead and another with non-life-threatening injuries, Capas said. A third was unharmed. FBI agents were also investigating.
Across the border from Naco in a Mexican town of the same name, Mexican police said a team of soldiers and federal and local police was searching for a suspect or suspects in the case. "We have no information about anybody being detained," said a Naco police officer who declined to be named.
The Border Patrol identified the slain agent as Nicholas Ivie, 30, who was originally from Utah and had worked for the agency since 2008.
The agents had been responding to a sensor, which picks up on movement or vibrations in areas authorities suspect are used by drug traffickers and illegal immigrants. When an alert is triggered, agents have the option to respond.
Capas said the agents who were shot were assigned to the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station, named after an agent whose 2010 death in the line of duty in Arizona borderlands was linked to a botched U.S. operation to track guns smuggled to Mexico.
In that case, two guns tracked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the "Fast and Furious" sting operation, which let weapons slip into Mexico, were retrieved from the spot where Terry died in a shoot-out with bandits. It was unclear if the weapons were used in his murder.
Two Border Patrol agents were killed last year in an accident during a car chase with smugglers near Phoenix.
(Additional reporting by David Schwartz in Phoenix, Tim Gaynor and Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City, and Daniel Trotta in New York; writing by Cynthia Johnston; wditing by Stacey Joyce and Mohammad Zargham)
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