Law enforcement officers block off an area near an apartment complex in Sunrise, Fla., where several Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were shot on Tuesday as they served a warrant in a violent crimes against children case. The "Miami Shootout" - which left five other agents wounded and the two suspects dead the morning of April 11,1986 - was a defining moment in the FBI's history.
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.
Police officials said that the gunman, a man suspected of child pornography possession by FBI investigators, had barricaded himself inside the apartment before opening fire on the agents.
Gen. Monty Wilkinson was briefed on the shooting and was closely monitoring the situation, 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. Video also showed officers on motorcycles escorting an ambulance to hospital, where a stretcher draped in the American flag was pulled out of the vehicle and escorted inside.
"In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident is under investigation by the FBI's Inspection Division", the FBI said. The person who officers were looking for had barricaded himself, she said. One source reportedly said the the shooter-suspected of possessing child pornography-was thought to have ended his own life. "The review process is thorough and objective and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances", said the statement, issued by FBI Miami Public Information Officer Jim Marshall.
The shooting happened around 6 a.m., according to AP. "FBIAA stands with the Agents' families and pledges our support to them during this hard time".
The FBI has not yet confirmed if any agents were killed in the shooting.