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Slain border agent Nicholas Ivie remembered as loving father, husband

  • Christy Ivie, the wife of slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie, stands behind his casket after funeral services at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. She is holding Raigan, 3. The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in an apparent friendly fire shooting with two other agents is being remembered as a family man who loved his job and his colleagues. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)

    Christy Ivie, the wife of slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie, stands behind his casket after funeral services at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. She is holding Raigan, 3. The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in an apparent friendly fire shooting with two other agents is being remembered as a family man who loved his job and his colleagues. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)

  • Hundreds gathered at the funeral for U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie on Monday October 8, 2012 in Sierra Vista, Ariz., including brother and fellow agent Joel Ivie, left, and father and stepmother Doug and Donetta Ivie. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Benjie Sanders)  ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Hundreds gathered at the funeral for U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie on Monday October 8, 2012 in Sierra Vista, Ariz., including brother and fellow agent Joel Ivie, left, and father and stepmother Doug and Donetta Ivie. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Benjie Sanders) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

  • U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie's riderless horse with boots set backward in honor of the slain agent is seen during the funeral procession on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sierra Vista, Ariz.  The head of the U.S. Border Patrol agents' union says the agent was killed when he  apparently opened fire on two colleagues thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire.    (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star,Mike Christy )  ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie's riderless horse with boots set backward in honor of the slain agent is seen during the funeral procession on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sierra Vista, Ariz. The head of the U.S. Border Patrol agents' union says the agent was killed when he apparently opened fire on two colleagues thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star,Mike Christy ) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

  • U.S. Border Patrol agents lift the casket holding slain agent Nicholas Ivie during the funeral at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sierra Vista, Ariz., on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star,Mike Christy )  ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    U.S. Border Patrol agents lift the casket holding slain agent Nicholas Ivie during the funeral at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sierra Vista, Ariz., on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star,Mike Christy ) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

  • A Border Patrol Agent holds a funeral program for slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie during services at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. Ivie, a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in an apparent friendly fire shooting with two other agents, is being remembered as a family man who loved his job and his colleagues. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)

    A Border Patrol Agent holds a funeral program for slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie during services at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. Ivie, a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in an apparent friendly fire shooting with two other agents, is being remembered as a family man who loved his job and his colleagues. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)

  • Mounted officers line the route during the funeral procession for slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sierra Vista, Ariz.  The head of the U.S. Border Patrol agents' union says the agent was killed when he  apparently opened fire on two colleagues thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)

    Mounted officers line the route during the funeral procession for slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sierra Vista, Ariz. The head of the U.S. Border Patrol agents' union says the agent was killed when he apparently opened fire on two colleagues thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)

  • FILE - This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows slain Border Patrol agent Nicolas Ivie. The fatal shooting of Ivie and the wounding another U.S. Border Patrol agent near the Arizona-Mexico border may have been a case of friendly fire, a union chief for border agents and law enforcement officials said Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection, File)

    FILE - This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows slain Border Patrol agent Nicolas Ivie. The fatal shooting of Ivie and the wounding another U.S. Border Patrol agent near the Arizona-Mexico border may have been a case of friendly fire, a union chief for border agents and law enforcement officials said Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection, File)

  • Christy Ivie, the wife of slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie, stands behind his casket after funeral services at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. She is holding Raigan, 3. The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in an apparent friendly fire shooting with two other agents is being remembered as a family man who loved his job and his colleagues. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)
  • Hundreds gathered at the funeral for U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie on Monday October 8, 2012 in Sierra Vista, Ariz., including brother and fellow agent Joel Ivie, left, and father and stepmother Doug and Donetta Ivie. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Benjie Sanders)  ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
  • U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie's riderless horse with boots set backward in honor of the slain agent is seen during the funeral procession on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sierra Vista, Ariz.  The head of the U.S. Border Patrol agents' union says the agent was killed when he  apparently opened fire on two colleagues thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire.    (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star,Mike Christy )  ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
  • U.S. Border Patrol agents lift the casket holding slain agent Nicholas Ivie during the funeral at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sierra Vista, Ariz., on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star,Mike Christy )  ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
  • A Border Patrol Agent holds a funeral program for slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie during services at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. Ivie, a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in an apparent friendly fire shooting with two other agents, is being remembered as a family man who loved his job and his colleagues. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow)
  • Mounted officers line the route during the funeral procession for slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sierra Vista, Ariz.  The head of the U.S. Border Patrol agents' union says the agent was killed when he  apparently opened fire on two colleagues thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)
  • FILE - This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows slain Border Patrol agent Nicolas Ivie. The fatal shooting of Ivie and the wounding another U.S. Border Patrol agent near the Arizona-Mexico border may have been a case of friendly fire, a union chief for border agents and law enforcement officials said Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection, File)

Agent Nicholas Ivie was killed Tuesday as he and two other agents responded to a sensor alarm aimed at detecting smugglers crossing into the U.S. The shooting occurred at night about five miles north of the border near Bisbee.

The FBI said it appeared to be friendly fire involving only the agents. An investigation was ongoing.

“If Nick were here he’d say, ‘Guys, I’m taken care of. Just take care of my girls, my wife and my family,’” his brother Joel Ivie, also an agent, said during the funeral.

Dozens of agents on horseback lined the street outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meeting house, leading with them Ivie’s riderless horse, nicknamed Mouse for his rounded ears.

“He loved that horse,” his brother said.

Meanwhile, the investigation continued into the shooting that also injured another agent.

The head of the U.S. Border Patrol agents’ union said Ivie apparently opened fire on his two colleagues thinking they were armed smugglers, and was killed when they shot back.

Ivie apparently opened fire first but it remained unclear why, National Border Patrol Council President George McCubbin said.

“I don’t know what it was he saw or heard that triggered this whole event,” McCubbin said. “Unfortunately it resulted in his death and another agent injured.”

McCubbin and Acting Cochise County Sheriff Rod Rothrock said Ivie knew the two other agents also were heading to the area on foot, and they knew he was responding, but the three apparently didn’t know they were so close.

“It was dark, very, very rugged terrain, and what they could see of each other was further obscured by the fact that there was brush and cacti and stuff like that between them,” Rothrock said. “I have no doubt that these agents were in as heightened a state of alert as you can get due to the proximity to the border and the history of trafficking in that area.”

Rothrock said that when the agents spotted each other in the dark, “they apparently took defensive postures, which was probably interpreted as aggressive postures — like readying your weapons, for example.”

Ivie, 30, died at the scene. The other agent was wounded but has since been released from the hospital. The third agent was unharmed.

Ivie’s death marked the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican gunmen that killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010 and spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation.

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