Border agent’s death spurs review of protocols

By Laurie Merrill

The Arizona Republic

Former Border Patrol Chief Ron Colburn, speaking at a dinner Thursday in Washington in support of agents and their famlies, spoke of Agent Nicholas Ivie, who was killed in a shooting near the Arizona border this week.

Confirming that investigators believe a U.S. Border Patrol agent fired the first shot in a suspected “friendly fire” incident last week, an agents-union official said Sunday that the Border Patrol will review procedures to help prevent a similar tragedy in the future.

“It’s just a horrible, unfortunate incident,” said George McCubbin, National Border Patrol Council president, who has reviewed investigative reports.

After the FBI and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office complete their investigations, the Border Patrol will investigate whether policies and procedures were followed and whether they’re adequate to prevent an agent from firing at another agent in the field, McCubbin said.

Border Patrol officials were not available for comment Sunday.

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