Border Patrol agents peer over the border fence into Mexico, searching for suspects in the shooting death of agent Nick Ivie and the wounding of another agent. The killing took place in an area known for decades as a drug-smuggling corridor.
Manuel Padilla, center, acting chief patrol agent for the Tucson Sector, and other Border Patrol personnel pay close attention during a news conference at the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station in Naco.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter covers the area where Border Patrol agent Nick Ivie was killed early Tuesday. A second agent was airlifted to a Tucson hospital with wounds that were not life-threatening; a third agent at the scene was not injured.
Monday's shootings of two Border Patrol agents "just goes to show that whether you are an armed Border Patrol agent on duty or a simple rancher like Rob Krentz out working his ranch - if you're in border country you are in peril," said Rod Rothrock, acting sheriff of Cochise County.