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Border Patrol death possibly result of accidental shooting

Border Patrol death possibly result of accidental shooting

CREATED Oct 5, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The FBI is reporting that there are strong indications that the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was a result of an accidental shooting involving only the agents.

Carol Capas with the Cochise County Sheriff's Office says they will continue to work closely with the FBI on this investigation and investigators have briefed Chief Rothrock that this could be a friendly fire incident.

During a press conference held Friday,  Joint Field Commander Jeff Self with the U.S. Border Patrol said that if the final results of the FBI's investigation prove that this was an accident, it doesn't change the fact that Ivie died "serving this country, and died in the line of duty."

He also said that the work of a Border Patrol agent is dangerous and that there is a "special breed of men and women who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to serve their country and protect their communities against those who wish us harm."

Here is the statement released by the FBI Friday:

"While it is important to emphasize that the FBI’s investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents.  The FBI is utilizing all necessary investigative, forensic, and analytical resources in the course of this investigation. We thank the United States Customs and Border Protection, United States Border Patrol, and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, for the challenging work they do every day and for their ongoing cooperation in this difficult matter.   At the appropriate time further information will be provided, but while the investigation continues it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.

The FBI extends our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Nicholas Ivie and to our partners in the United States Border Patrol."