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 United States Border Patrol in 1996.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge N383

Incident Details

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

arrest attempt, illegal alien, narcotics, smuggling

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I worked with Alex. I liked him and respected him. Alex, you made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you. You gave everything. Rest in peace Alex.

BPA NS (formerly N403)
Formerly USBP, Nogales AZ

August 31, 2022

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