October 5th, 2012
01:12 AM ET

Napolitano to visit family of slain Arizona Border Patrol agent

The head of Homeland Security travels to Arizona Friday, a day after Mexican authorities questioned two men in a shooting that killed a U.S. Border Patrol agent and wounded another near the U.S.-Mexican border.

The Mexican army handed the two over to local authorities in Sonora, having detained them near the American border, the Mexican attorney general's office said Thursday. The two were in possession of drugs and guns when they were detained, added the source.

Local authorities are investigating if the pair had anything to do with Tuesday's shooting near Naco, Arizona, where Border Patrol agents came under fire after responding to a sensor that had gone off nearby.

U.S. authorities have identified the agent killed as 30-year-old Nicholas Ivie. The Provo, Utah, native, who joined the Border Patrol in January 2008, is survived by his wife and two young children.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other federal officials will meet with Ivie's family "to express their condolences," said department spokesman Matt Chandler.

Ivie is the 14th agent killed in the line of duty since 2008, including three this year.


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Jay jay

    Now let's see if these were guns provided willingly by the us govt. probably not but it's a possibility under the current admins failed policies. Just sayin... And to heck with all you people out there makin excuses for obombas monumental failure last night. A failure is a failure. That's what we are used to. Why deny the FACTS???

    October 5, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      Banz you said you were gonna follow up on the insurance thing and how obombacare has affected us. Did you talk to your friend because I am anxiously awaiting your opine. You will see this in the AM. PlZ respond...

      October 5, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      now we gotta listen to Al

      October 5, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      Gore and his excuses.( PlZ excuse my excessive replies as CNN won't let me consice reply)

      October 5, 2012 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      saying that obomba failed last night

      October 5, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Lil Wayne

      Cuzz of high atmospherically conditions.

      October 5, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee lo

      Just shameful I gotta use three diff names

      October 5, 2012 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
    • 16 candles

      to get what G-O-R-E said. Hi a-l-t-t-I-t-u-d-e was to blame. Just limitless as to the excuses, one after another ad they roll in...

      October 5, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Swedish fish

      cnn. Erase moderate and censor real quick. The morning is coming soon...

      October 5, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    An US Federal agent was slain. Did they ever catch the perp?...or any of the perps accomplices like whoever knowingly provided guns to perps?
    Any involved in this case should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, no matter who they are. (duh)

    October 5, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Did anyone else raise their eyebrows when it was reported that the 2000 weapons "lost" by the FBIs 'Fast and Furious' program were all Russian made weapons? Most of the illegal guns in Mexico come from the US or Israel. Why did the FBI go to the extra trouble of using Soviet made weapons for their program?

    October 5, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bloodiest Stretch of Real Estate

    The bloodiest stretch of land currently spolling blood on planet earth is the southern borderline of the USA. (a statistic)
    The border wall near San Diego has seen more people killed than the Wall of Berlin Ronald Reagan was said to have torn down, and by far.

    October 5, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Chet The Dog

      One has nothing to do with the other, and that point is just weird. That analogy is comparing apples to oranges.

      October 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    What happens south of the border right on our backyard is of no consequence regardless of the gravity. We would rather have Syria.
    Good morning@Philip
    Agree. Enough illegal weapons on our streets and Mexico to last an army. This case should provide the authorities with the impetus to come down heavily on those responsible and the problem itself.

    October 5, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Jay jay:
    She said private insurance companies should not raise rates and deductibles for existing accounts and blame Obamacare which hasn't fully gone into effect yet. And if they are doing so, and blaming Obamacare, they are doing so to inflate their profit margin before it fully goes into effect, as a preemptive measure.
    She also said as she understands it, that is illegal to do so.
    She also called me a few expletives because she is on vacation, lol, before she hung up on me.

    October 5, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Buenos Dias

    The right honorable secretary will explain to the family that the border is secure, thanks to Barack Obama. Any information to the contrary is tea bag propaganda.

    October 5, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. WomeninWAVESneedNEWslaves


    FORT LEAVENWORTH KANSAS > home of the propaganda failures of one century and counting-
    Two things we will NOT HEAR in the debates: the Romney solution > FORT HOOD and BABY BOY
    BRADLEY.... < connected? looks like it... both were appalled at the truth.

    October 6, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. TAXFREEmediaCORPpresentsGE

    The surprise drop in the jobless rate led former General Electric CEO Jack Welch to suggest in a tweet that the numbers had somehow been doctored. "These Chicago guys will do anything," he said in a reference to Obama's campaign operation. Welch is a Reuters columnist.

    October 6, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Wendy

    Mexico is always trying to cover up their crimes. It is always accidental and it is odd how they capture who they claim was in the shooting. They probably picked up two innocent men that were just walking down the street and blamed them for the shooting like they always do. They have not been able to solve their violence problem and when they cross the line and involve the U.S they all of the sudden find the criminals. It has been decades since there is a reward for each agent that is killed by a Mexican so where is the accident in all this?? Mexico is shady like it has always been.

    October 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. maureen

    if an impt election wasnt comin up soon i wonder if janet wud still visit the familyof the agent kiled i dont think so

    October 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |