Suspects arrested in shooting death of Border Patrol agent

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

NACO, Ariz. -- Mexican troops have arrested two people suspected of killing U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie.

A Mexican Army officer told Reuters that two individuals were apprehended early Wednesday morning.

The arrests took place during a Mexican military operation in the city of Agua Prieta, which is just a few miles from where Ivie was shot and killed.

A Mexican police official has also confirmed that two suspects have been arrested.

Ivie, 30, and two other agents responded early Tuesday morning after learning of a “sensor hit” near mile-marker 352 on Highway 80, which is about five miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The agents were shot at while responding to the area. It’s not yet known if Ivie or the other two agents returned fire.

Ivie was killed during the shooting, while a second agent was wounded. That agent has since been released from a Tucson hospital and is expected to recover.

The third agent was not harmed during the incident.

Ivie is the second Border Patrol agent to be fatally shot in the past two years.

In December 2010, Brian Terry was killed during a shootout with suspects near the border. The shooting was eventually tied to the failed gun-walking operation Fast and Furious.