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Border Patrol trucks guard the road to the scene of the shooting where it meets SR-80. Border Patrol trucks guard the road to the scene of the shooting where it meets SR-80.
NACO, AZ (Tucson News Now/AP) -

One Border Patrol agent has died and another has non-life-threatening injuries following a shooting near Bisbee, according to a Border Patrol spokesperson.

The Border Patrol has identified the slain agent as Nicholas Ivie, 30, who had been with the agency since January 2008.

Ivie was married with two girls and a native of Provo, Utah. The Ivie family lives in Sierra Vista. 

Both agents were assigned to the Brian Terry Station in the Tucson Sector. They were shot while patrolling shortly after midnight Tuesday. The agents were responding to a sensor detecting possible illegal immigrants at the time of the shooting. 

A third agent was patrolling with these agents, but was unharmed during the shooting, according to Carol Capas of the Cochise County Sheriff's Department.

The shooting occurred off of Highway 80, seven miles east of Bisbee, Capas stated.

The injured agent was airlifted to University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, according to a UAMC spokesperson. Homeland Security says the agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks. The injuries are not considered life-threatening. 

The injured agent was discharged from the hospital before 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

Names of the other agents are being withheld until next of kin has been notified, Border Patrol stated.

The investigation is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

At a press conference held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, no comments were released on anything found at the scene, including weapons. Officials say the scene is still being processed which could take a couple of days. 

Ivie's brother-in-law, Todd Davis, says Ivie worked as an emergency medical technician before joining the Border Patrol. Ivie was the youngest of 5 brothers, and often went camping, hunting and fishing with his family.

Davis said Ivie's desire to help others, and his love of the outdoors and riding horses led him to the Border Patrol, where he served on the horse patrol unit.

He described his brother-in-law as "a very selfless man with his family, with his friends, in anything he did."

Twenty-six Border Patrol agents have died in the line of duty since 2002.

The last Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty was Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits near the border in December 2010. The shooting was later linked to the U.S. government's Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation.

The Terry family said that the shooting was a "graphic reminder of the inherent dangers that threaten the safety of those who live and work near the border."

The border patrol station in Naco was recently named after Terry.

We will continue to bring you the latest developments throughout the morning on-air, online at TucsonNewsNow.com and on your mobile device.

Copyright 2012 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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