Polis orders flags half-staff for fallen FBI agent from Pueblo

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DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis ordered flags lowered at half-staff Feb. 6 to honor FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday.

Flags are ordered to be lowered from sunrise to sunset on all public buildings across Colorado.

“As the FBI family, the law enforcement family, and the Colorado community grieve the loss of these heroes, we will honor their ultimate sacrifice by continuing our mission to protect the American people,” said Denver FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider.

Schwartzenberger, 43, was killed in Miami, Florida while attempting to serve a court-ordered federal search warrant for an investigation into violent crimes against children. Special Agent Daniel Alfin was also killed during the incident, and three other agents were wounded.

Schwartzenberger was a native of Pueblo and a 1996 graduate of Pueblo South High School, where she was an accomplished diver. She attended Colorado State University and competed with the Rams dive team for one year. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in 2000.

Laura was a 15-year veteran of the FBI, initially assigned to FBI Albuquerque Division in 2005. She transferred to Miami in 2010 and committed her time there investigating crimes against children. She is survived by her husband, who is also from Pueblo, and two children.