2 FBI agents killed serving warrant in 'crimes against children' probe

By Jean Lotus

Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Two FBI agents were shot dead and three were wounded Tuesday while serving a warrant at a suspect's home in South Florida in an investigation into crimes against children, officials said.

The agents began executing the warrant about 6 a.m. at the apartment complex in an upscale, gated community in Sunrise, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale.


Agents were serving a warrant for "a violent crimes against children case," the FBI said in a statement.

"Two FBI agents are deceased and three are wounded. Two wounded agents were transported to hospital and are in stable condition," the bureau added.

FBI Director Christopher Wray identified the slain agents as Special Agent Daniel Alfin and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, saying in a statement they "exemplified heroism today in defense of their country."

"The FBI will always honor their ultimate sacrifice and will be forever grateful for their bravery," he said in a statement.

Alfin, 36, had been an FBI agent since 2009 and worked on multiple high-profile cases, The Miami Herald reported. Last March, he helped bring federal charges in a case against a former Miami mayoral aide accused of groping a boy at City Hall.


Schwartzenberger, 43, who had been an agent since 2005, was assigned to the Miami outpost of the agency's Innocent Images National Initiative, which investigates online sexual exploitation of children.

Authorities said the suspect, who barricaded himself in the home, is also dead. The Herald reported that he was being investigated for possession of child pornography and died by suicide.

Tuesday's shootout was the first time since 2008 that an FBI agent was fatally shot on duty, CNN reported.

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