February 15th, 2011
07:16 PM ET

ICE agent killed, another injured in Mexico shooting

[Updated at 8:14 p.m.] One of two American immigration and customs officers who were shot in Mexico on Tuesday has died, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said.

The two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents were shot while driving between Monterrey and Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon by unidentified gunmen, U.S. officials said.

"One agent was critically wounded in this attack and died from his injuries. The second agent was shot in the arm and leg and remains in stable condition," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a written statement.

The names of the agents weren't immediately released. It's not clear where the attack happened on the 567-mile route between the two cities.

According to ICE, the agency has about 30 officers assigned to its office in Mexico City. They work a range of issues, including drugs, weapons, currency and immigration.

An ICE official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said these were the first shootings of ICE agents in Mexico.

U.S. law enforcement agencies are working with Mexican authorities "to ensure the perpetrators of this unconscionable crime are captured as quickly as possible," Napolitano said.

"Let me be clear: Any act of violence against our ICE personnel - or any DHS personnel - is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety," Napolitano said. "The full resources of our department are at the disposal of our Mexican partners in this investigation. We remain committed in our broader support for Mexico's efforts to combat violence within its borders.

The Mexican government "vigorously condemns this serious act of violence and expresses its solidarity with the United States government and the families of those attacked," Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

– CNN's Jeanne Meserve and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.

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  1. Martin

    Well conditions will only worsen. Sadly it's islam south of us!

    February 16, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. j mata

    is it me or is most of the anti mexico sentiment coming from these idiots just re iterations ofthe nightly news. poor sheep. baaah

    February 16, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. j mata

    is it me or is most of the anti mexico sentiment coming from these idiots just re iterations ofthe nightly news. poor sheep. baaah.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Darrin G

    Just a matter of time before the American flag flies high and proud in mexico, only then will mexico become a REAL country.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I do think the best way to handle the illegals is to annex mexico and make them all Americans

      February 16, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm

    So all you suckers brought the lollipop...

    February 16, 2011 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    @Darrin G...ummm, in case you haven't noticed, international borders have been falling for a long time now...not for people, but rather for profit. Borders no longer stand in the way of greedy corporate profit backed by military force. Borders only stand to keep people divided, and to keep a patriotic dream alive. A dream that quickly turns into a nightmare when a patriot falls in the line of duty for the very same reason borders have fallen: corporate greed.

    February 16, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    I think our goverment is involved in the drug business they control what and who comes in, its a lot of money just to let a car or truck pass the border, I have a cousin that works for the border patrol and he says that agents are always taking money from the cartels, he has taken bribes from this people all the time, as long as people keep the high demand for coke this is never going to stop. The new way of getting drugs to US is by offering bribes to latin or mexican officers that work on the border, these are easier to buy than American officers.

    February 16, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. CollegeStudent

    Yeah let's annex Mexico. Lol You do realize we would absorb all the bad stuff too? Lol Like Donkey shows or 13 year old alcoholics. I would think such an idea is only put out there as a joke or to bring this country to it's knees officially. Should that ever happen I'm becoming Canadian.

    February 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fedgman

    First of all to all the ignorant people who posted negative comments. You should do your homework before you make remarks. For one they did not just "go driving around mexico" they were in an armored suburban and the only reason they were shot was because the so called officials at the fake checkpoint demanded they rolled the windows down to show their I D. Those trucks are built to withstand 50cal riunds depending on the armor level. And I have personally dealt with those suburbans. So if your not paying respects don't speak ill of the dead and injured. They were out there doing a job that most people won't do. They are just as valuable as our troops in iraq and around the world. In fact they are working in the deadliest country in the world. Check the facts more people die in mexicos drug war then in irag. Numbers don't lie. This is an agent who was killed in a foreign country and he should be honored.

    February 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. art

    Wow. When an american ice agent, which in Mexico he is nobody, gets killed in mexico its called an attack against America. When a mexican kid gets shot by an ice agent from the US to Mexico is nothing come on. What are these agents doing in Mexico???? I mean they can go on vacations or work as civilians not agents.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Henry Massingale

    Its a wonder to me of how the Mexican Drug Lords Knew that the Agents we coming ? I see a world of “Betrayed” within this story.
    I also give warning to the Cartel, that, A Call To Arms, has been giving and you must with draw from the American Border Or face war just like in Afghan.
    A byMassingale Fasc Concepts Release

    February 17, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. www.criminalmastermindsonline.com

    If the U.S.A government got those guys set up in Mexico could they request more agents to be in Mexico? R.I.P to the one that died. Does a thing like this make it easy for our country to spy?

    February 17, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. LDO956

    Plain and simple if your an American Agent from any branch, stay out of Mexico!!! It's not your battle!!!!

    February 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. winslow

    THE TRADGEDY HERE IS,ONE SURVIVED. HE SHOULD HAVE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED. ANY AMERICAN THAT GOES TO A FOREGN COUNTRY TO FIGHT A JOKE OF A WAR ON DRUGS DESERVES TWO BULLETS IN THE HEAD.END OF STORY

    March 13, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. tom

    ruffnutt, it is assH**** like you who should be iced!!! Go back to your pot smoking

    February 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
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