Border Patrol Agent Alexander Sanderlieb Kirpnick

Border Patrol Agent Alexander Sanderlieb Kirpnick

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, June 3, 1998

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Alexander Sanderlieb Kirpnick

Border Patrol Agent Alexander Kirpnick was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to arrest five drug smugglers approximately two miles north of the Mexican border in Arizona.

Agent Kirpnick had subdued two of the suspects and his partner was attempting to subdue the other three when one of the men shot Agent Kirpnick in the head. He was flown to a local hospital but died at approximately 4:00 am.

All of the suspects were eventually apprehended. The suspect who murdered Agent Kirpnick was arrested in Mexico and extradited to the United States where he was tried for the murder. He was found guilty and sentenced to two consecutive life terms.

Agent Kirpnick immigrated to the United States in 1988 from Russia and became a citizen in 1995, before joining the Border Patrol in 1996.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge N383

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I worked a station near you, Alex. I soothed the Douglas Station as a Senior Patrol Agent. I heard what happened and everyone said you were a gourd agent. Shortly after your end-of-watch, I responded to a drug smuggling situation but due to your incident, I got out of my vehicle with my gun already out and I am glad I did because one of them was armed. They all got 10 years in prison. Letting you know that you are ALWAYS remembered! Thank you very much for your service!

Karl Reynolds

June 17, 2019

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