SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Several FBI agents were shot on Tuesday morning while serving a warrant on a child exploitation case in Sunrise, Florida near the Fort Lauderdale area, according to officials.
The Associated Press was first to break the story. According to sources, several FBI agents were shot at while serving the warrant. ATR News has learned that three agents were wounded while two others killed during a standoff with the gunman that happened around 6am. Two of the agents were taken to nearby hospitals and were reported to be in stable condition, according to FBI Miami Special Agent Michael D. Leverock. Only of the injured agents did not require hospitalization.
Along with Leverok, Brian O’Hare who serves as President of the FBI Agents Association, both stated the agents had come to the apartment to serve a federal search warrant that was in connection with a case involving child pornography and violent crimes against children.
According to law enforcement and eye witnesses, a had reportedly remained barricaded inside the home.
Sunrise Police urged residents of Water Terrace to remain inside their homes while law enforcement blocked the entrances to their community.
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, in a brief statement, identified agents as Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger killed in the line of duty.
“Every day, FBI Special Agents put themselves in harm’s way to keep the American people safe,” said Wray. “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.”
This story has been updated with additional information.
ATR News Social Media Editor Norman Malecki contributed to this report.