Border Patrol Agent's Killer: Friendly Fire, Sources Say
Nicholas Ivie's death was accidental, sources say
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 5, 2012 8:11 AM CDT
Updated Oct 5, 2012 6:14 PM CDT
In this undated photo provided by the Ivie family, Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie is seen.   (AP Photo/Ivie Family, Cole Kynaston)

(Newser) – Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was apparently not shot by Mexican drug runners after all. Federal and state officials tell NBC that another agent at the scene accidentally killed Ivie. Investigators based their conclusion on ballistics analysis, the lack of proof that other gunmen were there, and other evidence, the sources say. A formal statement from officials is expected soon.

Mexican authorities have already arrested two people initially suspected of being connected to the shooting, nabbing them during a military operation in Agua Prieta, which is just a few miles from where Ivie was shot.

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Oct 7, 2012 3:46 AM CDT
'Friendly Fire' deaths happen all the time, mostly in combat situations. Trying to turn a tragedy into a political statement and pointing fingers at people who had nothing to do with it before the investigation is over is stupid and hateful, ie; standard for the GOP .
Oct 6, 2012 7:08 PM CDT
What a clown show? Republicans are shameless they will do or say anything to get their way in this world.
Oct 6, 2012 11:56 AM CDT
Do you guys remember his stupid wife was trying to turn this into political points by blaming fast and furious and Obama? What a f-cken bitch! It turns out it was the other trigger happy agent.. Together they probably murdered hundreds of Mexicans and probably collected ears and sh-t. He was probably all about gun rights and hate towards Mexicans, so this is extra satisfying.