Two FBI Agents Killed While Serving Warrant
(FL) – The FBI is known for meticulously planning out their raids and having a large amount of manpower to perform the required actions in the safest manner possible. But going after a person in their home is always extremely dangerous as proved to be the case in Florida. Add to that, the wanted person was a suspected child sexual predator and was wanted for “violent crimes against children.” Child sex offenders can be particularly desperate individuals since they are well-aware what they will face in prison.
This morning’s raid into an individual’s home to execute a search warrant turned into the deadliest raid for the Florida FBI office. A lot of information is still unknown, such as the name of the wanted person, but we do know that two FBI agents were killed and three agents were wounded. The two agents killed have been identified as Special Agent Alfin and Special Agent Schwartzenberger. According to the Miami Herald, both special agents killed “had a distinguished history of investigating child pornography and sexual exploitation cases in South Florida.” The three wounded agents have not been identified, but we do know that one did not require hospitalization and the other two were stable.
Unanswered Questions About FBI Raid
There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding what happened and what went wrong. I don’t know why the FBI still has not released the name of the suspect. What we do know about him is that he lived in an “an upscale gated community outside Fort Lauderdale.” We know that he had barricaded himself in his apartment, and we know he was killed in the raid. Police raids are not advertised. The wanted person isn’t given advance warning. Why was he barricaded in? It appears he knew they were there before they got to the door. Did someone warn him? Did he just happen to look out his window at 6:00 in the morning and see them coming? Hopefully we’ll have answers soon. It’s important to know what happened that costs two FBI agents their lives.
The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher Wray, put out the following statement:
Tragically, the FBI lost two of our own today. Special Agent Daniel Alfin and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger were shot and killed this morning in the line of duty while executing a federal court-ordered search warrant in a crimes against children investigation in Sunrise, Florida. Three other agents were shot and wounded; two suffered injuries requiring hospital care, but both are now in stable condition. The third injured agent 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. 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.
Our wishes for a speedy recovery go out to the wounded agents. Our condolences go out to the families of the deceased FBI agents and to the FBI community.
A special thanks goes out to WSVN (with the AP, maybe?) for the picture. It touches the soul.