SUNRISE, FLORIDA (AP) — Two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents were killed and three wounded in a shooting that erupted on Tuesday when they arrived to search an apartment in a child pornography case, a confrontation that marked one of the bloodiest days in FBI history. The suspect is believed to have killed himself.
The violence forced residents in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Sunrise to huddle inside their homes as a SWAT team stormed the apartment building and police helicopters circled overhead.
FBI Director Christopher A Wray identified the two slain agents as Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger, both of whom specialised in investigating crimes against children.
Two of the wounded agents were taken to hospitals to be treated and were in stable condition, said Miami FBI Agent Michael D Leverock. The third did not require hospitalisation, Wray said.
The suspect opened fire on the agents when they arrived to serve a federal search warrant, George Piro, who leads the FBI’s Miami field office, said at a news conference.
“Today this grim reality has taken two of our best from our family,” Piro said. “They were valuable members of the FBI and will forever be heroes. We will always honour their ultimate sacrifice.”
United States (US) President Joe Biden offered his condolences during an immigration event at the White House.
“They put their lives on the line and that’s a hell of a price to pay,” he said of the agents.
“My heart aches for the families.”