Slain Border Patrol agent identified

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SIERRA VISTA — The identity of the U.S. Border Patrol agent who was shot and killed this morning near the Mexican border has been released.

Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie, 30, was killed when he and two other agents responding to a sensor alert were shot at by unknown assailants.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. about seven miles east of Bisbee and five miles north of the Mexican border, near mile marker 352 on Highway 80, according to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A second agent was injured and airlifted to a Tucson hospital and is in stable condition.

Ivie was a native of Provo, Utah and joined the U.S. Border Patrol in Jan. 2008.

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