Two Border Patrol agents shot, one fatally, at station named after Brian Terry
Update: Statement from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar: “Last night, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection family suffered the loss of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie at the hands of criminals operating on the border near Naco, Arizona. Another agent was also wounded and was treated at a local hospital. Agent Ivie died in the line of duty, protecting our nation against those who threaten our way of life. His death only strengthens our resolve to enforce the rule of law and bring those responsible to justice. Our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Ivie’s family and friends in this difficult time.”
Update: Statement from House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa: “This shooting is a tragic reminder of the dangers the brave men and women who guard our borders face every day. Just last month, I attended a ceremony with agents based at the Bisbee station, naming it in honor of their fallen colleague, Brian Terry. My prayers are with the family of the agent who lost his life today and his wounded colleague. Authorities must investigate the full circumstances of this shooting. I urge everyone to think of the families of these agents and avoid drawing conclusions before relevant facts are known.”
Statements from AZ officials:
Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey On Shooting Death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie
PHOENIX – Arizona Republican Party Chairman issued the following statement today upon news of the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie and the wounding of a second agent near Arizona’s border with Mexico.
“As a retired law enforcement officer, this tragedy hits a place in me that is beyond politics. However, it is looking more and more clear that we are continuing to lose control of our borders as we are starting down the slippery slope of losing stability in our nation. The murder of Nicholas Ivie and our law enforcement officers is the most devastating indicator that the federal government is not only failing to protect Arizona, it is failing to protect the very lives of our law enforcement personnel. The men and women in uniform who work to protect us deserve our unwavering support. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of border violence, their families, and those who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe.
Statement by Senator Gail Griffin on the shooting death of a Border Patrol agent in her district
“Along with my friends and neighbors who live near the border, I express my profound sadness at the loss of one of our courageous Border Patrol agents and extend my deepest condolences to the families of the agent killed and the other agent wounded.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI were quick to respond and they are searching for the suspects in this disgusting act of violence on the people who protect us.
This morning’s shooting reinforces what many of us in Arizona have known for years—that our southern border is not secure, that armed drug and human smugglers remain a grave threat, and that the federal government’s response to the situation has been totally inadequate.
The safety of our citizens must be a fulltime priority, not just something we focus upon after a tragedy. Our men and women in uniform face these dangers every day, and we owe it to them to address this issue once and for all. The federal government continues to drag its feet, so Arizona must step forward and do all it can.”
Jonathan Paton Statement on Death of Border Patrol Agent
Jonathan Paton, candidate for Congress in Arizona’s First District, today released the following statement regarding the death of a Border Patrol agent near Naco.
“This is another tragic reminder of the violence along our southern border. My deepest prayers are with the family of the border agent killed today and with his fellow agent who was also injured while protecting our country. All our border agents courageously put their lives on the line to keep us safe. We honor their service and sacrifice in protecting Arizonans.”