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Two FBI Agents Were Shot And Killed While Serving A Warrant For Violent Crimes Against Children

The subject of the warrant, who was suspected of possession of child sexual abuse material, barricaded in his home for several hours before killing himself, the Miami Herald reported.

Last updated on February 3, 2021, at 9:01 a.m. ET

Posted on February 2, 2021, at 11:41 a.m. ET

Law enforcement officers and vehicles on a road near the scene of the shooting
Joe Cavaretta / AP

Two FBI agents are dead and three others injured following a shooting at a home in Sunrise, Florida, on Tuesday morning as law enforcement served a search warrant for a case involving "violent crimes against children," authorities said.

FBI Director Christopher Wray named the two dead as Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger.

Two of the three wounded agents are in stable condition at a hospital, FBI officials said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. Wray said the third agent injured did not require hospitalization.

The FBI also confirmed that the suspect is dead. Law enforcement did not identify the suspect.

The gunman, who was the subject of the warrant, was suspected of possession of child sexual abuse material, the Miami Herald reported. He barricaded himself in his home for several hours before likely shooting and killing himself, a law enforcement source told the newspaper.

The shooting happened at around 6 a.m. local time, and police closed down streets in the area for several hours on Tuesday. Sunrise is about 10 miles west of Fort Lauderdale.

Sunrise Police, who were providing assistance to the FBI in serving the warrant, did not respond to requests for comment about the shooting.

President Biden addressed the deadly shooting in brief remarks on Tuesday afternoon, expressing his condolences to the families of the two agents who died.

"I can only imagine how these families are doing today," he said. "My heart aches for the families. I have not had an opportunity nor will I try today to contact them, but they put their lives on the line and it's a hell of a price to pay."

The incident is being investigated by the FBI's inspection division, and the agency declined to provide further information.

Tuesday morning's shooting now stands as one of the deadliest in the agency's history. A shootout in Miami in 1986 injured five agents — three of them sustaining serious wounds — and killed two.

The FBI equipped its agents with more powerful firearms and body armor following that shooting, and upgraded their training.

The last time an FBI agent was killed while serving a warrant was in 2008 in Pittsburgh, when Special Agent Samuel L. Hicks was shot and killed when entering the house of a suspect.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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