2021 Sunrise, Florida shootout

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2021 Sunrise, Florida shootout
Part of Mass shootings in the United States
LocationSunrise, Florida, United States
DateFebruary 2, 2021
6:04 a.m.
TargetAgents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Attack type
Mass shooting, shootout
Deaths3 (including the perpetrator)

On February 2, 2021, a shootout occurred between a gunman and several agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at an apartment complex in Sunrise, Florida, United States. At the time, the agents were serving a warrant related to a child exploitation case. Two FBI agents were fatally shot and three others were injured. The gunman, who was the subject of the warrant, was later found dead after barricading himself inside the apartment. The incident was one of the deadliest in the FBI's history.

Shootout[edit source | edit]

At 6:04 a.m., FBI agents investigating a child exploitation case served a federal warrant at the Water Terrace apartment complex, located in an upscale gated community in Sunrise, 11 miles (18 km) outside of Fort Lauderdale. They were seeking a computer and other evidence for the case. The agents were being backed up by officers with the Sunrise Police Department. As the agents were about to execute the warrant, the subject of their warrant, who had reportedly seen them coming through a doorbell camera, began firing at them. Five agents were struck, two of them fatally, prompting a massive law enforcement response, including a SWAT contingency team from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. The gunman then barricaded himself inside the home for several hours and was later found dead, reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.[1][2][3][4]

The shootout was the most violent incident in the FBI's history since the 1986 shootout that left two agents dead and five others injured, and it was also the first time an agent was fatally shot in the line of duty since 2008.[1][2][5]

Victims[edit source | edit]

Two FBI agents were killed in the shootout and three others were injured. Those killed were Special Agent Daniel Alfin, 36, and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, 43. Schwartzenberger had been with the FBI since 2005, and Alfin since 2009. Two of the injured agents were in stable condition at a hospital, while the third did not require hospitalization and was treated at the scene.[1][2]

Perpetrator[edit source | edit]

The gunman was identified as the subject in the federal warrant.[6] A Sunrise Police spokeswoman said the department hadn't had any prior dealings with him, nor were they aware of any prior concern that he was armed.[2]

Reactions[edit source | edit]

President Joe Biden reacted to the shootout, saying his "heart aches" for the deceased agents.[7] FBI Director Christopher A. Wray praised the two deceased agents in a statement and also said the FBI "will be forever grateful for their bravery." The FBI Agents Association offered condolences to the injured and said the two agents' deaths were "devastating to the entire FBI community and to our country."[1][2]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Campbell, Josh; Levenson, Eric; Flores, Rosa; Weisfeldt, Sara (February 2, 2021). "Two FBI agents from crimes against children unit killed and three agents wounded in South Florida shootout". CNN. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Yancey-Brigg, N'dea; Johnson, Kevin (February 2, 2021). "FBI identifies 2 agents killed in Florida while serving warrant in crimes against children case". USA Today. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  3. "Two FBI agents dead, three wounded in Florida shooting". Agence France-Presse. February 2, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021 – via MSN.
  4. Webb, Robin; Olmeda, Rafael; Huriash, Lisa J.; Ariza, Mario (February 2, 2021). "Florida shooter saw FBI agents through doorbell camera and opened fire, killing two, sources say". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  5. Perkins, Chris (February 2, 2021). "Among the deadliest: Past incidents that killed FBI agents". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  6. Shapiro, Emily; Barr, Luke (February 2, 2021). "2 FBI agents killed, 3 hurt in shooting while serving warrant in Florida: Officials". ABC News. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  7. Seiger, Theresa (February 2, 2021). "2 FBI agents killed, 3 wounded while serving warrant in South Florida". WHBQ-TV. Retrieved February 2, 2021.

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