McKenzie Romero and Dennis Romboy
Deseret News
October 25, 2013

The family of U.S. Border Patrol agent from Utah who died in a friendly fire incident last year in southeastern Arizona says there’s no way to know who shot first.

Reports shortly after the Oct. 2, 2012, shooting suggested Spanish Fork native Nicholas J. Ivie opened fire first and wounded one of the other agents but was killed in the return fire.

Ron Colburn, a 31-year Border Patrol veteran who retired as the agency’s deputy chief, recently wrote a six-page story called “Walk a Mile in His Boots” in an attempt to explain what happened to Ivie. He based his article on discussions with the Border Patrol’s critical incident team, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

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