Mexico City: Federal police have arrested two men who may be connected with the fatal shooting of a US Border Patrol agent just north of the Mexico/Arizona border, a Mexican law enforcement official said on Friday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release the information, said it was unclear if there was strong evidence linking the men to the shooting of Agent Nicholas Ivie.
Ivie and two other agents were fired upon Tuesday in a rugged hilly area about five miles (eight kilometers) north of the border as they responded to an alarm that was triggered on one of the sensors that the government has installed along the border. The wounded agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks and released from the hospital after undergoing surgery. The third agent wasn`t injured.
Ivie was a 30-year-old father of two who grew up in Utah and was active in the Mormon church. He was an agent for four years.
Authorities have declined to provide other details, including what they believe prompted the shooting and whether the agents were ambushed. Still, they suspect that more than one person fired on the agents.