Investigators consider friendly fire in border death

Published 10/04 2012 06:32PM

Updated 10/05 2012 10:24PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Sources say investigators are not ruling out the possibility of friendly fire in Agent Nicholas Ivie's death.

Sources familiar with the investigation into the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie tell ABC News that authorities are looking closely at the possibility that a friendly fire accidental shooting is at the heart of the incident which killed Ivie and wounded a second agent

A third agent was unharmed in the incident.

The Mexican government has confirmed two arrests in connection to the death of Ivie.

"We arrested two individuals yesterday suspected of being involved in the attack on the Border Patrol agents," said Lydia Antonio, spokeswoman for the Mexican embassy to the U.S.

Antonio continued, "Given that there is an ongoing investigation we cannot comment further, except to say that the Mexican government will continue working shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. authorities to bring those responsible to justice"

The FBI Phoenix field division would only say in a statement that, “Due to the sensitive and on-going nature of this investigation, the FBI is unable to provide any further details at this time.”

A Utah funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 11 at 11 a.m. at UCCU Center on the campus of Utah Valley University, 800 West University Parkway in Orem. All are welcome to attend. 

Additional forensics are being done on ballistics and additional interviews are being conducted to determine if this can be resolved in the coming days.

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