Nicholas Ivie, 30, was identified as the agent shot and killed near Naco in Cochise County, according to Victor Brabble, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
he shooting is being investigated by the FBI and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, who represents the eighth district, released a statement saying "This morning I spoke to Border Patrol leaders for the Tucson Sector to offer my condolences to the men and women of the Border Patrol. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of the agent who today made the ultimate sacrifice for his country."
"We need to redouble our efforts to secure the border and ensure the safety of Border Patrol agents," the statement said.
Beth Kempshall, state director of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a counter-narcotics entity, said the shootout occurred in "a traditional smuggling corridor for the Sinaloa Cartel
Excluding Tuesday's death, four Border Patrol Agents have died on duty since the start of 2011, according to the U.S. Border Patrol's online Border Patrol Agent Memorial.
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