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Source: USA Today
Federal investigators believe that the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was the result of friendly fire.
In a Friday night statement, the FBI said that while an inquiry was continuing, "there are strong preliminary indications that the death of.. Ivie and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents.''
The shootings on Tuesday about five miles (eight kilometers) north of the border near Bisbee left one agent dead and another wounded.
Ivie was shot and killed after he and two other agents responded to an alarm triggered by a sensor aimed at detecting smugglers and others entering the U.S. illegally.
The other agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks but was released from the hospital after surgery. The third agent was uninjured.