SIERRA VISTA — 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.

PHOTO: U.S. Border Patrol
Nicholas Ivie

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.

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.