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. Jim

    When you go to a foreign country, you are responsible for your safety. You should have no expectation of any protection beyond what you can provide for yourself so quit whining.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ppl in the usa military of latin origin are AMERICAN

    I am American you morons

    February 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Glem Pashni

    We are flecked and that is why these men will be in the favor of the Lurd.

    Mexico cannot continiue practicing Satanic ritual magic like it is some kind of game.

    The lord does not love long time Mexicans killing for goats.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Angry at Gov

    Legalize harmless marijuana. Tax it like alcohol (which causes much more death and violence than marijuana) and cigs (which cause much more death and health care costs than marijuana). U.S. out of debt within 5 years. No brainer.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. maX


    February 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ppl in the usa military of latin origin are AMERICAN

    I am American!

    February 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dan

    I hate ICE. *ucking gestapo pigs.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Guille

    USA agents, killed by guns purchased in USA with dollars from american drug addicts. Mexico only provided the labor, like in all american factories in Mexico

    February 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AmericanBob

    We took out Gen Noriega who was running drugs and he was also US trained and an ally at one time. There is not just a single target to attack in Mexico and the politicians are as corrupt as the drug lords. I for one hope the border will be closed at least for a time. Isee in my own town of American jobs gone to Mexico for cheap labor while the unemployment in my town goes up.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Glem Pashni


    They need God to come in them. Bless their hearts. They need it but want it the hard way. They are vapid containers. Too much drugs and espousing evil again.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Come on guys!

    IT'S NOT MEXICO!!! sheash, don't go around shouting kill everyone in mexico. Thats not the American way. Think about it. The organization works on stopping the trafficking of drugs, and the dozens of super powerful drug cartels in Mexico probably got enough shipments intercepted enough to really get them to go, find a few agents, and set up hits on them. I think that we should apply more pressure on the drug cartels, and justify the officers death with arresting the b*******s with the crimes of drug trafficking and thousands of murders.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richest Man

      With the all riches behind them...it would be imposible.

      February 16, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill of Gates

      It's because drugs produces money than Windows (in any versions).

      February 17, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. American boy

    I think I've already heard Napolitano' statement somewhere...mmmmmm oh yeah when the lady was shot in the head in Arizona. Napolitano should stop copying statements from someone else and she should start doing her job better or why not she should present her resignation and go where she really belongs......the kitchen!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      I doubt she has ever been in a kitchen....

      February 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Templeton

      Right on, her resignation as "just another political appointee" is long overdue!

      February 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bill

    Lament for the dead grandmother in GA some cops lied about when they killed her.Planted drugs too. Made up story about a drug search. Then cry about a dead cop. The innocents have families and HAD lives too.
    Nepolitano is a windbag of epic proportion. Glad to see the herd being thinned.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • aj

      ...herd being thinned? You should hang yourself. That would be the correct solution.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. alltypesofpeople

    Wow, so many different stereotypes to pick out from these comments (from racists, hippies, politicians, to some good people actually).

    I had a long response typed up and then realized.....this is the internet and my argument is too complex and will be distorted. but then again so will anything put on any ballott, so we are all screwed!

    February 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ScottBaio

    The uh "normal" people are not online using their narrow minded ideas to solve complex problems. The normal folks are working, making love, or spending time with loved ones. As you can tell none of these people have loved ones. They are either communists, rednecks, or alien hunters. The list goes on. I pray they don't represent the majority of Americans.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
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