Two agents of the The FBI and three others were injured during a search Tuesday at a home in Sunrise, north of Miami (Florida, EE.UU.), por a case of child pornography and that resulted in a fatal shooting that ended with the suspect also deceased.
In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed the deaths of two agents and that two of the injured agents “were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition,” while the third did not require hospitalization.
The FBI added that the suspect, who had barricaded himself in his home, also died. According to some local media, the man took his own life.
The director of the federal agency, Christopher Wray, later revealed in a note that those killed in the line of duty are Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger.
“Every day, FBI special agents put themselves in danger to keep the American people safe. Special Agent Alfin and Special Agent Schwartzenberger exemplified heroism in defense of their country today,” added Wray.
The agency reported that around 6 am today, local time (11.00 GMT), a group of troops went to the house located in an apartment complex on Reflections Boulevard West, in Sunrise, in southern Broward County.
The agents went to the house located in a middle-class neighborhood “to execute a search warrant ordered by a federal court in support of a case of violent crimes against children“.
The troops were going to confiscate the detainee’s computer and other evidence, after the specialized child pornography squad of the federal agency related the Internet protocol address of the computer and the physical address of the suspect.
So far, neither the agency nor the local authorities have specified how the shooting began.
The Sunrise Police, to the west of the city of Fort Lauderdale, closed some accesses to the vicinity of the scene, where from early hours there was a strong police presence, as Efe was able to verify.
Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson lamented the “devastating” events in one of the most grim episodes for the agency.
“On this dark day, we pay tribute to the brave men and women of the FBI who risk their lives every day in support of our mission. We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice made by these special agents,” he said in a statement.
Today’s events referred to one of the bloodiest incidents in FBI history, which occurred in 1986 in a residential suburb of Miami and which took the lives of agents Ben Grogan and Jerry Dove.
Both were killed during a shootout with two heavily armed alleged robbers, in an incident that injured five other members of this federal agency.
The FBI’s “Wall of Honor” houses 81 FBI agents who have died in the line of duty, the last of them from medical complications arising from their response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.