UPDATE: 5:00pm EST
The U.S. Border Patrol has released a statement on the shooting that occured earlier today.
Jeffrey D. Self, Commander of the Joint Field Command, Arizona:
"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Ivie's family during this terrible time. This is a tragic loss for Customs and Border Protection. We have an unwavering commitment to pursue and bring the perpetuators of this heinous act to justice."
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla:
"Tucson Sector mourns the loss of one of our own. It stands as a reminder of the dangers that agents of CBP face every day. We appreciate our state, local, federal and international partners for their support and commitment in seeking justice in this tragedy."
CBP Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar:
"Last night, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection family suffered the loss of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie at the hands of criminals operating on the border near Naco, Arizona. Another agent was also wounded and was treated at a local hospital. Agent Ivie died in the line of duty, protecting our nation against those who threaten our way of life. His death only strengthens our resolve to enforce the rule of law and bring those responsible to justice. Our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Ivie's family and friends in this difficult time."
A Border Patrol agent was killed and another injured in an early morning shooting Tuesday.
According to MyFoxPhoenix:
Both agents worked at the Brian Terry station in the Tucson sector.The injured agent was airlifted to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The FBI is currently investigating the case.
The agents were shot while patrolling the area on horseback around 1 a.m.
A third agent was also with them, but not harmed, according to George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border patrol agents.
According to Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas, the shooting occurred after an alarm was triggered on one of the many sensors along the border and the three agents went to investigate.
Cappas says authorities have not identified any suspects and it's not known whether the agents returned fire.
The wounded agent was airlifted to a hospital after being shot in the ankle and buttocks, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
The agents' names have not been released. The investigation is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.
Stay tuned as more information becomes available...