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FBI Agent in Critical Condition After Being Shot by Fellow Law Enforcement Officer

FBI file photo

FBI file photo

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent was in critical condition Thursday night in the Texas panhandle after he was accidentally shot by a fellow law enforcement officer, Breitbart reports.

Special Agent Mike Orndorff was helping carry out a warrant when he was shot by an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“The preliminary information indicates that the FBI agent was accidentally shot by a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Criminal Investigations Division (CID) special agent,” Sgt. Witt wrote in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas Friday night. “DPS Texas Rangers, DPS CID special agents and FBI agents were all on scene as part of the investigation.”

The suspect wanted in the warrant was arrested on undisclosed charges.

No updates were immediately available.

Wife of Slain Border Patrol Agent Speaks Out for First Time

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol Agent Nick Ivie thought he was tracking down Mexican drug smugglers in October 2012 when a shootout unfolded.

Ivie was fatally shot by a fellow officer who believed Ivie was a criminal.

For the first time, his wife, Christy Ivie, spoke out about the shooting, CBS 5 reports.

“There were four agents there. They told me there had been a shooting and he had been shot and killed. And it was unbelievable. I just remember saying, ‘No, no!’ over again.”

Then Ivie discovered the shooting was from friendly fire.

“I think it’s harder because I don’t have someone to be angry at. I don’t have someone to blame. It wasn’t a bad guy that he was up against. So that’s hard,” Ivie said.

Friendly-Fire Shooting of FBI Agent Barry Bush Should Not Have Happened, New Report Shows

Slain Agent Barry Lee Bush/fbi photo

Steve Neavling 

It was an error that cost FBI agent Barry Bush his life on April 5, 2007.

A new detailed report of the friendly-fire shooting shows numerous mistakes under very confusing circumstances, the Leigh Valley Express-Times reports.

Bush, a veteran FBI agent, was supposed to perform surveillance on suspected bank robbers until a SWAT team took over.

But a command post ordered Bush to close in on one of the suspect’s cars, not knowing that SWAT was preparing to do the same thing.

Turns out, SWAT and Bush had separate written orders that were not communicated.

Mistaking Bush for one of the suspected robbers, a SWAT agent shot and killed the 52-year-old, the Express Times reported.

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

Steve Neavling

 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

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.

Federal Gov’t Fails to Fix Dead Spots in Radio Communications

istock photo

Steve Neavling 

U.S. Border Patrol agents have been complaining for years about losing radio contact with each other because of so-called “dead spots.”

Despite those complaints, agents continue to lose radio communication, especially in remote mountainous areas similar to the one where friendly fire killed Agent Ivie this month, the Arizona Republic reports.

A source told the Republic that Ivie and two other agents who were responding from separate directions to an activated ground sensor when they lost radio contact in southeastern Arizona near the Mexican border.

It’s unclear whether dead spots contributed to the friendly fire.

“You get dead spots and you just don’t have any way to communicate with anybody,” Art Del Cueto, president of the Border Patrol union representing agents in the Tucson Sector, told the Republic.

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

Steve Neavling

 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.

Feds: How Did Friendly Fire End in the Death of a Border Patrol Agent?

Steve Neavling

Federal investigators are trying to determine what went wrong when friendly fire resulted in the fatal shooting of the U.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie, the USA Today reports.

A preliminary investigation suggests agents became disoriented while responding to a ground sensor near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the USA Today.

“There are strong preliminary indications that the death of Ivie and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents,” the FBI said in a statement.

Officials originally believed other suspects were involved and fled to Mexico, a scenario that authorities say looks unlikely.