February 03, 2021
Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger “exemplified heroism today in defense of their country,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.
An FBI agent is consoled near the Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Two FBI agents were shot and killed and others injured while serving a warrant at a Sunrise home near Nob Hill Road and Northwest 44th Street. MATIAS J. OCNER MOCNER@MIAMIHERALD.COM
By Minyvonne Burke, Pete Williams and Tom Winter | NBC News
Two FBI agents were killed and three others were injured in a shooting Tuesday morning as authorities were executing a search warrant at a home in Sunrise, Florida.
The gunman was also killed, the FBI’s Miami bureau said.
The incident began just after 6 a.m. at an address on Nob Hill Road, according to police in Sunrise, near Miami.
Authorities were at the home to serve a federal court-ordered search warrant in a case involving violent crimes against children, the FBI said.
Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger were killed, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.
Two of the injured agents were taken to the hospital, where they were stable. The third did not require hospitalization.
“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,” 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,” Wray said.
Police said earlier Tuesday that the suspect was barricaded inside a home and that paramedics were on the scene. The shooter’s name has not been released.
In a tweet just after 9 a.m., police said the scene was safe but asked residents in the area to stay in their homes because of the investigation.
NBC News security contributor Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant director of the FBI, said Tuesday was “an awful day in FBI history.”
He said executing a warrant related to child pornography or pedophilia cases is highly dangerous.
“The risk is elevated because that person’s reputation in the community will be lost in that instant,” he said in an interview with “NBC Nightly News.”
“And the reality of who they are, versus the persona they’ve put out to the public, comes to a crashing halt. That means you see incidences of suicide during the service of search warrants, and you see now violence against the law enforcement agents.”
President Joe Biden offered his condolences on Tuesday night.
“Our hearts go out to the families of the FBI special agents,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “I was briefed earlier today and I know the FBI is gathering information about how this happened and what happened. I can only imagine how these families are feeling today.”