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. Glem Pashni

    I think it is time you stopped pouring the black vibratiors all over my internets is all.

    Jesus won't help those that do the evil black Internet talk, my friends. Stick with holiness and be OK.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leagalize

    leagalize drugs already, how many more people need to die???

    February 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cam

    Legalize marijuana, put the military on the border and shoot to kill, and e-verify anyone for jobs. Enforce our laws that are on the books and stop making anchor babies legal citizens. It would help a lot if these where put into effect.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bufunational

    Republicans suck

    February 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • someguy

      Best comment here.
      We should all be praying for the families.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wow... really?

    Reagan Policy at work ladies and gentlemen,..You realy think the drug war is going to be won? Not in the history of man has such a ludicrous statement taken so seriously by such an ignorant public....Especially the public with the highest demand for drugs in the world. Oh, and by the way, This is how we fix our problems that WE CREATED 50 something years ago? Lets go kill, invade bla bla bla! Society is soooo sad sometimes, If your going to do something atleast remember how you started it...

    February 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gerald (Tampa, FL)

    There is no purpose for the "Government of Mexico". They should step aside or be put aside by force. They serve no purpose to rob blind the hard working people of that country. Drugs and gangs run rampant.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Glem Pashni


    Red horse riding Jesus will make a stand against the doers of evil deeds.

    Surely you know in these end-times, you must shun all black energy and keep it to the holiest possible?

    February 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CMAF. Stwewart (Stu) Piddasso

    As the former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force F-117 Nighthawk squadron durring the Korean Conflict, I say carpet bomb the w3tb@cks.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow... really?

      @CMAF. Stwewart (Stu) Piddasso: As a civilian who has never killed and does not have blood on his hands and is extremely offended by your comment as a latino...Have fun with you PTSD..

      February 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noro

      After we carpetbomb the trailer park you live in, we can move on to something else.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. johnessj

    expect more to come. it the immigration law in arizona that becoming a fire brand flaming blood hates everywhere. wont be long before sh!t jump off here like it does in mexico's cities between law enforcement and its rival gangs. conservative produce this egg, a monster chicken is the hatchling. lol !!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Randall

    The corrupted and failed Mexico is falling apart every day.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dick

    If we leaglize drugs and tax them then we could disband the DEA and stop wasting all our money on the war on drugs that has done nothing more that given employees overtime paychecks and disrupted thousands of lives here and down there.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      You're a dick.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Master_Kush

    Mexico is a soverign nation, that's what you get for meddling in Mexico's affairs.. Dont you Americans learn from your mistakes?

    February 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charlie

    I will never blame myself for something that happened to a DHS goon in Mexico at the hands of some dirty criminal. Sorry, not gonna do it.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LarryBillings

    They need to send undercover navy seals to wipe out the mafia families and followers. That way they can put fear in anyone who wants step up and play king of the mountain. It's all fun and games until one of the family members is addicted to drugs.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sal

    Mexico has turned into crap. Maybe if we shoot to kill some of these drug smugglers coming across the border and that would be satisfying to me. That piece of crap country is so corrupt and all the officials are bought and sold by the drug cartels! I say Americans should boycott that hell hole called Mexico!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • elimonjal

      sal, so you dont think officials in the usa, are not corrupt and taking money from the cartels????? grow up, you live in a dream world.

      February 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
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