U.S. Border Attacks & Violence

Title: 2 US Border Agents Shot, 1 Killed, Near Major Drug Corridor In Arizona
October 2, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: 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.

Border Patrol identified the slain agent as 30-year-old Nicolas Ivie.

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 at 1:50 a.m. local time and about 8 miles from the border.

"This shooting is a tragic reminder of the dangers the brave men and women who guard our borders face every day." - Rep. Darrell Issa

The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who was not harmed, according to George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents. The agents were on horseback at the time of the shooting.

McCubbin said he had no further information regarding the shooting.

The shooting occurred after an alarm was triggered on one of the many sensors along the border and the three agents went to investigate, said Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas.

The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The injured agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks, the Department of Homeland Security said.

The search for the killer is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office. The area is currently flooded with agents on horseback and helicopters conducting a search for the suspects.

Smuggling activity typically increases at this time of night and year since the weather is starting to cool from triple-digit figures.

Rep. Darrell Issa , R-Calif., released a statement calling an investigation into the shooting and cautioned about drawing conclusions before "relevant facts are known."

"This shooting is a tragic reminder of the dangers the brave men and women who guard our borders face every day," Issa's statement read.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called the fallen agent a fallen hero.

Two weeks ago, the station was named after Brian Terry, who died in a shootout in December 2010 not far from Tuesday's shooting. Terry was the last agent fatally shot while on duty.

Terry's family issued a statement, saying, "We hope that those responsible for this shooting are brought to justice swiftly. The fact that the agents involved in this shooting were assigned to the recently dedicated Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station in Naco, Ariz., gives us pause to reflect on the life lost and the continued task of keeping our nation safe."

In Terry's shooting, two guns found at the scene were bought by a member of a gun-smuggling ring that was being monitored in the Fast and Furious investigation. Critics have knocked U.S. federal authorities for allowing informants to walk away from Phoenix-area gun shops with weapons, rather than immediately arresting suspects (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Border Patrol Agent Likely Killed By Fellow Agent In Accidental Shooting, FBI Says
Date: October 5, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: The FBI announced Friday night there were "strong preliminary indications" that a Border Patrol agent who died this week in a shooting just north of the Mexico-Arizona border was killed by one of his fellow agents.

That announcement came after officials from multiple federal law enforcement agencies met with local authorities about the shooting that killed Agent Nicholas Ivie. Authorities also met with the family of the killed agent, Nicholas Ive, to express their condolences.

“I am deeply saddened by the death our fallen colleague," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. "This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women confront, the dangers they willingly undertake, while protecting our nation’s borders."

Law enforcement sources tell Fox News they have made important progress and suspect that Ivie and another agent may have shot at each other accidentally while pursuing drug-runners, but investigators don't think the drug-runners fired on the agents.

Earlier reports indicated Ivie and two other agents were fired upon Tuesday in a rugged hilly area about five miles north of the border as they responded to an alarm that was triggered on one of the sensors that the government has installed along the border.

Ivie was a 30-year-old father of two who grew up in Utah and was active in the Mormon church. He was an agent for four years.

A second agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks and released from the hospital after undergoing surgery. The third agent wasn't injured.

"The was a perfect storm type of situation and we haven't had anything like this going back to the 1970s," one source told Fox New.

No weapons have been found and no arrests have been made on either side of the border.

"It's still too early to tell, but investigators have more confidence today than they did yesterday and there is still a lot of work to be done and questions to be answered," the source said.

The last Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty was Brian Terry, who died in a shootout with bandits near the border in December 2010. Terry's shooting was later linked to the government's "Fast and Furious" anti-gunrunning operation, which allowed people suspected of illegally buying guns for others to walk away from gun shops with weapons, rather than be arrested (Fox News, 2012).

Title: US-Canada Crossing Closed After Canadian Agent Shot
October 16, 2012
Fox News

The Peace Arch crossing on the U.S.-Canada border was closed Tuesday after a man driving a van with Washington state plates shot a Canadian guard in the neck and then apparently killed himself, a police official said.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Bert Paquet told reporters the female Canadian Border Services Agency officer was breathing when she was flown to a hospital, but he had no further details on her condition.

The officer was in her booth when she was shot. Investigators were trying to figure out what happened and why, Paquet said. They hadn't confirmed whether the suspect was the van's owner.

The Peace Arch crossing in Blaine is the third busiest port of entry on the northern border. Last month, it averaged 9,000 U.S.-bound cars a day, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The crossing features a park with a 67-foot-high monument in the form of an arch that connects the U.S. and Canada.

Canadian Brian White told reporters at the scene he was waiting to cross northward when he heard the shot.

He said guards immediately responded, and there were people screaming. Officials questioned everyone waiting to cross and took their car registration information.

The officer's identity and other personal details were withheld. Paquet said U.S. authorities were notified of the incident.

"This is a very serious incident that occurred right on the border line," he said. "We are sharing information with them."

It will be up to Canadian border officials to determine when the crossing will reopen, Washington state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kris Olsen said.

"We're telling people they obviously need to use other routes to get across the border," she said.

Crossings on State Route 543 and State Route 9 remained open (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Homeland Security Probing Border Patrol's Use Of Lethal Force Amid Claims Of Brutality
October 18, 2012
Fox News

Government investigators are reviewing the U.S. Border Patrol's lethal force policies amid a spate of deadly shootings, including last week's killing of a teenager who agents said was throwing rocks from Mexico.

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General probe involves a review of accusations of excessive force.

Vicki Gaubeca, director of the ACLU's Regional Center for Border Rights, says at least 18 people have been killed since 2010 by agents, eight where authorities said they were being attacked by rocks.

The review came after members of Congress sought a probe into the 2010 San Diego death of an unarmed Mexican migrant. They asked authorities to determine whether the incident is part of a broader cultural problem within the agency.

The Border Patrol says it cooperates with all investigations (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Mexican Man Pleads Guilty To Murder In 2010 Killing Of US Border Agent
October 30, 2012
Fox News

A Mexican man pleaded guilty Tuesday in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent during a 2010 firefight near the Arizona-Mexico border.

The first-degree murder plea on Tuesday by Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, of El Fuerte in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, marks the first conviction in the December 2010 death of Agent Brian Terry.

Osorio-Arellanes faces up to life in prison.

Two rifles bought by a gun-smuggling ring that was being monitored by the government's botched investigation known as "Operation Fast and Furious" were found at the shooting scene.

Authorities have declined to say whether the murder weapon was linked to an Operation Fast and Furious purchase.

They also declined to reveal which of the five men charged in Terry's death had fired the fatal shot.

Osorio-Arellanes was shot during the gunfight and has been in custody since the night of the shooting. The FBI said Osorio-Arellanes told investigators that he raised his weapon toward the agents during the shootout but didn't open fire.

Of the four other men charged in Terry's death, one is in custody, while three others remain fugitives. Authorities have offered a $1 million reward for information leading to their capture.

Operation Fast and Furious was launched in 2009 to catch trafficking kingpins, but federal agents lost track of about 1,400 of the more than 2,000 weapons — including AK-47s and other high-powered assault rifles.

Some of the guns purchased illegally with the government's knowledge were later found at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S.

Critics have hammered federal authorities for allowing informants to walk away from Phoenix-area gun shops with weapons, rather than immediately arresting suspects and seizing firearms.

Investigators say the two guns found at the scene of the Terry shooting were bought by a straw buyer for a smuggling ring suspected of purchasing guns for the brutal Sinaloa cartel.

Jaime Avila, 25, has admitted in court to buying the two guns and has pleaded guilty to gun charges in a smuggling case that's separate from the prosecution into Terry's death.

Avila, who isn't charged in Terry's death, faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced on Dec. 12 (Fox News, 2012).