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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Officer Kirpnip
Thanks for your service to the Border Patrol. Your sacrifice on behalf of your adopted country is appreciated by all of us. You honor our profession and this great nation.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff (Reno) and NVDPS

June 3, 2020

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