Published: Wed, February 03, 2021

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents killed, 3 hurt while serving warrant in Florida

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents killed, 3 hurt while serving warrant in Florida

The FBI has confirmed that two agents were killed and three wounded while serving a federal search warrant in Florida in a case involving violent crimes against children.

The suspect was also killed in the shootout, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation statement.

The FBI and media reports said the shooting took place around 6:00 am in Sunrise, Florida, when agents arrived to execute a search warrant at the suspect's home.

Five agents in total were shot, including two that were "gravely wounded", the source said. Two wounded agents were transported to hospital and are in stable condition. Police officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene and shut down a number of streets within the middle-class neighborhood of single-family homes, duplexes and apartment buildings located west of Fort Lauderdale, near the Everglades.

A body draped in an American flag is transported from an ambulance following the fatal shooting of two FBI agents in Sunrise Florida on Tuesday

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday afternoon identified the slain agents as Dan Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger, veteran agents of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program.

Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson was briefed on the shooting and was closely monitoring the situation on Tuesday, a Justice Department spokesperson said. "The FBI will always honor their ultimate sacrifice and will be forever grateful for their bravery", Wray said in a statement.

The shooting happened in Water Terrace, a complex of multi-unit homes. The suspect also died, but it's unclear how. "We continue to stand by our FBI Family, and the families of these Special Agents, in the days to come, bringing every resource we can to get through this together".

The shooting is thought to be one of the deadliest in the FBI's history and the first to lead to the death of an agent since 2008.

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