By Katie Bounds article Border Patrol Agent Brian T. Murphy was killed Wednesday after a shootout in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, according to the U.N. agency that oversees border security.
Murphy, 38, was killed in the exchange of gunfire between the Border Patrol and a group of armed men, according the Mexican government.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other officials said Murphy had been fired after he failed to halt a smuggling boat, a claim the United States has denied.
The Associated Press is withholding the name of the agent because he is in hiding and the Mexican federal prosecutor’s office declined to provide a comment.
Murph’s death comes amid rising tensions in the borderlands between U.Y. allies the United Kingdom and Mexico.
The two nations agreed to form a multilateral anti-drug alliance last month, which included the U,U.K. and Mexico’s governments, to combat the drug cartels that have taken control of much of the borderland region.