Mounted officers line the route during the funeral procession for slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sierra Vista, Ariz. The head of the U.S. Border Patrol agents' union says the agent was killed when he apparently opened fire on two colleagues thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in an apparent friendly fire shooting with two other agents is being remembered as a family man who loved his job and his colleagues.
Agent Nicholas Ivie died Tuesday as he and the other agents responded to a sensor alarm aimed at detecting smugglers crossing into the U.S. The shooting occurred at night about five miles north of the border near Bisbee, Ariz.
The FBI says it appeared to be friendly fire. National Border Patrol Council president George McCubbin says Ivie apparently shot first, accidentally wounding another agent before being killed in return fire. An investigation is ongoing.
During his funeral Monday, friends and family remembered Ivie as a loving father who was active in his Mormon church and dedicated to his profession.