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.‚?Ě
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.‚?Ě
Statement from Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), Issa’s Senate partner in the Fast and Furious investigation: “Border Patrol agents put their lives on the line every day to stop the border crossers and drug cartel members who venture illegally into the United States. ¬†There‚??s no way to know at this point how the agent was killed, but because of Operation Fast and Furious, we‚??ll wonder for years if the guns used in any killing along the border were part of an ill-advised gunwalking strategy sanctioned by the federal government. ¬†It‚??s a sad commentary. ¬†We all mourn for the Border Patrol agent who was killed near the border station named after another fallen hero and fellow agent, Brian Terry.”
Update: Statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection: “Border Patrol agents on patrol in¬†Naco,¬†Ariz., were involved in a shooting Tuesday at 1:50 a.m. MST. One agent died from his injuries and another, who sustained non-life threatening wounds, was airlifted to a hospital. The name of the agent who died is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.”
Awful word of more violence on the border from Fox News this morning:
Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area in south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.
The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The area is considered a remote part of the state and sources tell Fox News that the shooting occurred about 8 miles from the border.
The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
The Border Patrol station in question was named after slain Agent Brian Terry, whose murder brought the Obama Administration‚??s deadly Operation Fast and Furious to a screeching halt, because weapons deliberately ‚?Ěwalked‚?Ě across the border by ATF agents were recovered from the scene.¬† At the present time, there is no indication that the weapons used in this new attack came from Operation Fast and Furious.
Terry wasn‚??t the only U.S. law enforcement agent killed by weapons Eric Holder‚??s Justice Department lost track of.¬† The big Univision report on Fast and Furious confirmed something that serious students of the scandal (i.e. not mainstream media reporters) have long suspected: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was killed with a ‚??walked‚?Ě gun in February 2011.¬† The Zapata murder weapon was ‚??not from Arizona and Fast and Furious,‚?Ě but came from ‚??a very similar operation,‚?Ě according to court testimony from Zapata‚??s sister.
The leading congressional investigators of Fast and Furious, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), have asked the Inspector General of the Justice Department to investigate Zapata‚??s murder.