Former agent Ron Colburn served and guarded the same area near Naco, AZ, where Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was shot dead early Tuesday morning.
Colburn wears bracelets honoring slain border agents Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Ron Colburn served and guarded the same area near Naco, AZ, where Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was shot dead early Tuesday morning.
And Colburn's son is currently a Border Patrol Agent in the Yuma Sector.
"I worry every day and every night about my son," Colburn said.
"My grandfather, father, myself, and my son, we were all involved in Border Patrol operations. My grandfather patrolled that same area where Agent Ivie was killed. Except he did it nearly 100 years ago."
Ivie was one of three agents who came under fire while checking a border sensor that was triggered by some type of motion. One agent was expected to survive his wounds and the third was unharmed.
"I surmise that those who attacked the agent and killed the one agent did escape to Mexico," Colburn said.
Ivie was based at the Brian Terry Station, named for the Border Patrol agent killed in December 2010 by Mexicans armed with weapons purchased in the U.S. and allowed to fall into the hands of drug smugglers during a botched gun-walking operation by the federal government labeled "Fast and Furious."
"The sophistication of the cartels and organized crime groups has increased," Colburn said. They have encrypted wireless radio communications, they have their own lookouts. They have improved on their weaponry, automatic high power rifles for instance."
CBS 5 news asked Colburn if he though U.S. weapons were being used by Mexican nationals to retaliate against American agents.
"I think it's a real possibility knowing that 100 if not a couple of thousand weapons were delivered into Mexico," Colburn said. "Some were put in the hands of law violators who did not make it to Mexico and are at-large here still in the U.S."
"This year there will be over 1,000 likely attacks on border agents," Colburn said.
"Certainly the death of Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry are very dear to me," Colburn continued. "I feel like I lost a son or a nephew and I have a son in the Border Patrol. This is all very dear to me."
"I just want to let (the Ivie family) know that we will be there for you and we, too, cry for you," Colburn said.
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