SUNRISE, FL — Two FBI agents were killed and three others were wounded Tuesday morning while servicing a search warrant at a south Florida home, according to Scripps station WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Special agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger were killed in the shooting, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.
The FBI also said during a press conference that Schwartzenberger was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. News 5 has learned that she graduated from South High School in Pueblo. She was also a mother of two.
WPTV reports that the agents were shot while serving a search warrant as part of a criminal investigation into violent crimes against children.
“FBI Miami conducts search warrants almost daily,” FBI special agent in charge of the Miami field office George Piro said during a news conference. “They are an essential and important part of what we do, and we thoroughly research and meticulously plan to take into account any threats or dangers.”
The suspect in the shooting is dead. His name has not been released, according to WPTV.
“Every day, FBI special agents put themselves in harm’s way to keep the American people safe. Special Agent Alfin and Special Agent Schwartzenberger exemplified heroism today in defense of their country,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said. “The FBI will always honor their ultimate sacrifice and will be forever grateful for their bravery. 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.”
“Dan and Laura left home this morning to carry out the mission they signed up for and loved to do — to keep the American people safe,” Piro said. “They were valuable members of the FBI and will forever be heroes. We will always honor their ultimate sacrifice.”