Two FBI agents were shot dead during dawn raid on suspect in ‘violent’ child exploitation case on Tuesday morning
Three other agents were injured while serving an arrest warrant at a home in Sunrise, Florida around 6am on Tuesday morning
FBI Director, Christopher Wray, identified two of the agents killed as Special Agents Daniel Alfin, 36, and Laura Schwartzenberger, 43
Two of the injured agents are currently in stable conditions in hospital
The suspect was found dead after the standoff, when he barricaded himself inside the home – Authories believe he killed himself
The FBI said agents were serving a federal court-ordered search warrant at the time related to a ‘violent crimes against children case’
Officers formed an honor guard as two stretchers covered with American flags were taken into the Broward Medical Examiner’s office
Two FBI agents have been shot dead in Florida and three others injured while serving a federal search warrant in a case involving violent crimes against children.
There team was executing the warrant against a suspect at the Water Terrace apartment complex on Reflections Boulevard, in a residential neighborhood in Sunrise just outside Fort Lauderdale, around 6am this morning as agents served the warrant in the child exploitation case.
Two agents were killed and three others were injured. Two of the injured agents are currently in stable conditions in hospital.
Officials said the man being investigated, whose identity was not released, had apparently barricaded himself inside the complex and was found dead. A law enforcement official said it appeared that the man had killed himself before agents were able to arrest him.
In the hours after the shooting, two stretchers covered with American flags were taken into the Broward Medical Examiner’s office.
Footage from WSVN showed officers forming an honor guard as the stretches were taken inside.
Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, identified two of the agents killed as Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger.
“Every day, F.B.I. special agents put themselves in harm’s way to keep the American people safe,” Mr. Wray said in a statement. “Special Agent Alfin and Special Agent Schwartzenberger exemplified heroism today in defense of their country. The F.B.I. will always honor their ultimate sacrifice and will be forever grateful for their bravery.”
Laura Schwartzenberger, 43, a 16-year veteran with the agency, was part of the violent crimes against children squad in the bureau’s Miami field office, court records show.
She was assigned to the Innocent Images National Initiative, a part of the F.B.I’s cyber crimes program established to combat the proliferation of images of child sexual abuse online.
Daniel Alfin, 36, who was assigned to the Miami Child Exploitation Task force joined the agency in 2009.
“We mourn the tragic loss of two of our F.B.I. colleagues who were killed today in the line of duty,” the acting U.S. Attorney General, Monty Wilkinson, said in a statement.
The FBI said agents were serving a federal court-ordered search warrant at the time related to a ‘violent crimes against children case’.
FBI Agents Association President Brian O’Hare said the search was “to seize evidence in connection with suspected possession of child pornography.”
The agents knocked to announce their presence but got no answer. As soon as they breached the door the agents immediately took rifle fire, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
Authorities say the suspect had barricaded himself inside the home before opening fire.
Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida also offered condolences.
The F.B.I. squads that work crimes against children are considered some of the most difficult because of the disturbing and graphic nature of the cases. Agents typically review horrendous depictions of children being sexually exploited, images that are then shared with others online.
Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the SWAT team descended on the scene after the shooting.
Another large contingent of officers were seen gathered outside the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale where shooting victims were taken.
The Sunrise Police Department had earlier tweeted about the heavy police presence, noting that several roads were closed in the area.
They declared the scene safe just after 9am but told nearby residents that they were required to remain in their homes.