Border shooting probably a friendly fire tragedy

BISBEEU.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was fatally shot as a result of friendly fire earlier this week in a remote area of the desert in southern Cochise County, authorities announced Friday.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office called the event "a tragedy for the United States Border Patrol and all law enforcement agencies nationwide," in a statement issued Friday.

Ivie, 30, was fatally shot around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, after he and two other agents responded to a ground sensor alert near mile marker 352 on Highway 80 about seven miles east of Bisbee and about five miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Sumtingwong on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 6:42am

The agents took defensive postures, with Ivie about 20 yards away from the
other two agents, Rothrock said. Visibility was minimal because of heavy
brush and darkness. “Apparently, each interpreted defensive postures from the
other as aggressive postures,” Rothrock said. “Had they been encountering
drug smugglers or whoever, their actions would have been appropriate. It’s
just tragic they encountered each other.”

Auntie Em on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 6:56am

Nighttime, responding to a tripped sensor. All three agents were probably
full of adrenaline and a level of nervousness. This is a bad and dangerous
combination. It’s quite possible in a situation like this that the agents
could hear a noise that sounds like a person or a gun being cocked, and
they’d respond by shooting in that direction. I am only surprised this
doesn’t happen more often considering the situations these folks work in.

Cassandra on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 9:58am

It’s amazing that I was able to read about this development on the NY Times website, the BBC website and any number of other newspaper websites eight hours before the Herald could get it’s act together in it’s own backyard. Excellent restraint, people! You wouldn’t want to go off half-cocked and say something stupid.

On a related topic, am I still supposed to adopt a "new attitude" and be"angry" per your recent editorial, written less than a day after this tragic event had occurred?

pland27 on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:08am
Title: Really?

We are now asked to believe that three experienced agents got nervous on a
search and started shooting at shadows,i.e., each other!? I for one don’t
think of the current FBI as being wholly truthful or reliable. Being an
election year, I doubt the Obama administration wants this incident to revive
the border issue and remind the country about what a pathetic job they’ve
done to secure the border. They do not want this to suddenly re-emerge as a
campaign issue. Would they try to influence Eric Holder’s version of a
national police force? You bet! Until I see substantive proof of this
so-called friendly fire from a source other than the FBI, I will have serious

Sumtingwong on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:50am

Excellent comment! The Herald sure did go off half cocked in their opinion

Morning on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:56am

Think the investigation needs to continue.

feets on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:59am

So did the other two agents lie that they came under fire by Mexicans?

Sumtingwong on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 6:20pm
Title: Politics

Give you odds that you will see the proof.

Sumtingwong on Sat, 10/06/2012 - 6:22pm

They both have lawyers already. I wonder who fired the first shot.

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