"It's a dangerous job -- that's all there is to it"
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Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Members of Border Patrol are calling Tuesday's shooting death of border agent, Nicholas Ivie, a "tragic accident." This, as a preliminary investigation reveals the 30-year-old border agent's death could be the result of an accidental shooting.
Retired Tucson Police Sgt. Mike Widmer worked in law enforcement for 26 years; both on a local and federal level.
KGUN9 asked Widmer how difficult it is to avoid a friendly fire scenario, "It's a dangerous job--that's all there is to it," he said.
Widmer says the "Fog of War" scenario, listed in previous press releases, could be a viable explanation.
"There's a lot of calamity associated with shots being fired and when a shot gets fired toward you, It's not easy to discern where it came from or who's doing it and why they're doing it," said Widmer.
"He's still a hero. [He was] still doing a job that a lot of other people won't do. He's running toward something when everybody else is trying to get away from it," continued Widmer.
Interim Cochise County Sheriff Chief Rod Rothrock expressed the same sentiment in a statement, Friday.
"This event is tragic and the conclusions of the investigation make it no less so," said Chief Rothrock.
Meantime, Widmer admits there are still a lot of unknowns; all part of the continued joint investigation.
"From a retired sergeant's perspective, it's an indication that we need to do more at the border and we need to give them clearer signals about how we really feel about this," said Widmer.