Two FBI Agents Killed and Three Injured During a Raid in Florida
Two FBI agents were fatally shot and three were wounded on the morning of Feb. 2 in Sunrise, Florida. The agents were serving a court-ordered search warrant in a child abuse case when the gunman opened fire around 6 a.m. local time at the Water Terrace apartment complex.
The gunman has not been identified by the FBI yet, but he was also killed. The details of the case have also not been released, only that he was in possession of illegal graphic images of children. The case was being investigated by the FBI’s Internet Crimes against Children task force.
According to the Miami Herald, law enforcement agents believe the gunman was monitoring the approach of the FBI agents through a doorbell camera and ambushed them as they approached the door with a “hail of bullets from an assault-style rifle.”
The gunman then barricaded himself inside the home, and the FBI agents called for backup from a heavily-armed SWAT tactical unit. There was a SWAT team close nearby, assisting in the arrest of another child-pornography suspect.
This SWAT team rushed to the scene and was able to extract one of the wounded FBI agents.
Sunrise Police Department closed down multiple streets following the shooting and advised surrounding neighborhoods to stay inside.
Other law enforcement officers and paramedics rushed to the scene where the gunman killed himself after several hours in a standoff.
One of the wounded agents did not need to be hospitalized, and the other two were taken to the hospital, but in stable condition. They were taken to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, where other law enforcement officers gathered to pay their respects.
The wounded agents have not been named.
FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a statement about the heroism of the fallen agents. “Every day, FBI special agents put themselves in harm’s way to keep the American people safe. Special Agent Alfin and Special Agent Schwartzenberger exemplified heroism today in defense of their country.” Wray said.
“The FBI will always honor their ultimate sacrifice and will be forever grateful for their bravery.”