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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.


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