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Mexican troops have arrested two suspects in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the wounding of a second officer in Arizona, Mexican security officials said on Wednesday. The two suspects were detained in a Mexican military operation in the city of Agua Prieta, in Mexico’s northern Sonora state, a few miles from the spot where Nicholas Ivie was shot dead early on Tuesday while responding to a tripped ground sensor, a Mexican Army officer, who declined to be named . . .

Ivie was among three agents who were patrolling on foot about five miles north of the international border when gunfire erupted. A second agent was also wounded while the third, a woman, was unharmed.

The agents had been patrolling in an area near the border town of Naco, well-known as a corridor for smuggling, and the Cochise County Sheriff’s department has said that tracks were found heading south after the shooting.

A Mexican police official in Naco, across the border from the Arizona town of the same name, confirmed the arrests, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday. U.S. officials refused to comment on the report of the arrests.

The alleged perpetrators of the attack were arrested in an operation that began in the area of Naco, Sonora (Arizona border) and ended hours later in the neighboring town of Agua Prieta, just over 40 miles east of where the assault occurred. The mexican operation involved federal and municipal police. Without providing details, the source said the men were transferred to an agency of the attorney general in Agua Prieta.

It was the first fatal shooting of an on-duty Border Patrol agent since December 2010, when Brian Terry was killed in a shootout with bandits near the border. Terry’s shooting was later linked to the government’s “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation, which allowed people suspected of illegally buying guns for others to walk away from gun shops with weapons, rather than be arrested.

NB: Mexico has a history of refusing to extradite convicted killers to the U.S. due to relevant states’ capital punishment penalty.

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  1. Really sad for the agents death, but happy they caught the guys who did this. I heard it was an ambush sorta thing. We’ve tripped sensors before while hiking in the mountains in SE AZ, all they sent was one guy in a truck. Its dangerous work for them.

  2. A good man doing a dangerous, tough and increasingly thankless job. Rest in Peace.

    As for the vermin, they should be let go. Really. Right in the middle of the desert. We’ll give them plenty of food and water with a map showing how to walk 50 miles to get it.

  3. Until the “suspect(S)” are convicted it will more than likely be more meaningless Kabuki Theater, Mexican style. Where they planning to hold the trial? Until the governments of both countries get serious AND we close the G/D southern boarder it’s just more BS.

    • The best place to close the border isn’t at the border. Instead, make illegal immigration a dead end. If trying to earn a living, educate their kids or see a doctor consistently results in deportation, illegal immigrants will stop trying. Likewise with drug smuggling. Trying to stop it at the border doesn’t work. What will work isn’t clear. It may be legalization, it may be readily available treatment for addicts, or maybe nothing will work and the best we can do is protect ourselves when addicts turn to crime to support their addictions.

      • I don’t want our country to hire the “LEOs” necessary to track down and deport millions of people, some of whom have been living here for quite a long time and are productive members of society.

        Secure the border and then work on immigration reform. Deporting all the illegal immigrants already here is just not feasible and, IMO, just not right.

        Conservatives are shooting themselves in the foot by wanting to deport Catholics with family values just because they talk funny, are dark complected and just so happened to be born in a crappy country south of ours.

        Liberals are shooting themselves in the foot for different reasons. How are you going to convince a bunch of socially conservative Mexicans that abortion is okay and gay marriage is dandy? While the Dems may get hispanic votes in the short term due to promising not to deport grandma and the illegal parents of American citizens, they’re not thinking long term about it at all.

        BTW I think it’s absolutely heinous that you’d want people going to the doctor for treatment to be detained and shipped out, kendahl.

        You need to think about the broader implications of what you’re proposing.

        I’d rather have illegal immigration than that level of intrusion into places the government does not belong. Mission creep would mean that all that draconian nonsense would also eventually effect EVERYONE.

        • Amen. If my own great grandfather had faced anything resembling the obstacle that is our current bureaucratic immigration incompetence, he would have been an illegal immigrant. The vast majority of these people are just trying to find work.
          1) build the fence
          2) fix the system
          Once those two things are done, we can keep out the criminals and let in the people who want to work. Then we can talk about what to do with law-abiding illegals.

  4. Did they really find the bad guys responsible or did they just grab a couple of patsies, perhaps off a local official’s s— list? Getting the right guy isn’t always guaranteed north of the border and much less so south of it.

    • Seeing how the Mexican government is one of the most corrupt in the world, and seeing how even without the additional firearms supplied to the cartels through “Fast and Furious”, most of the firearms cartel members have come from the Mexican military…..

      You’re probably right.

  5. Stopping immigration is easy to do. Eisenhower did it in the 50’s. Here is a little history, courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor.

    “Fifty-three years ago, when newly elected Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, America’s southern frontier was as porous as a spaghetti sieve. As many as 3 million illegal migrants had walked and waded northward over a period of several years for jobs in California, Arizona, Texas, and points beyond.

    President Eisenhower cut off this illegal traffic. He did it quickly and decisively with only 1,075 United States Border Patrol agents – less than one-tenth of today’s force. The operation is still highly praised among veterans of the Border Patrol.”

    Here is a link to the article.

  6. Latest news is reporting this “may” have been a friendly-fire shooting. I find that hard to believe, but wonder what could have led them to render that possibility. Caliber? Lack of weapons on the arestees?

  7. You cant come down on hispanics that have been living in this country for awhile. If you will notice most of the Border Patrol Agents are Hispanic. You have to stop it with the governments of both countries. As it is plainly seen both governments dont want to stop the border crossings. Kickbacks from the cartels is to great. Since the agents don’t really have this governments backing, its just an exercise in futility.

    “Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET: Investigators are preparing to announce that the death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie in Arizona earlier this week was the result of friendly fire — accidental gunfire from another agent who responded to the same scene, state and federal officials told NBC News on Friday.
    The conclusion is based on an analysis of the ballistics, the lack of evidence of other criminals in the area at the time, and other factors, the sources said.

    The FBI released a statement later on Friday confirming that preliminary evidence showed friendly fire was to blame in the shootings.

    “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,” said James L. Turgal Jr., FBI spokesman, in a statement to NBC News. “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.” “

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