FBI releases names of special agents slain in Sunrise shooting

 MIAMI, FLORIDA – The FBI has released the names of two agents killed in a shoot-out in Sunrise, in the Miami metropolitan area, in Florida in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Serving a search warrant on a person suspected of child sex exploitation, the two agents, and several others were fired upon by the person who then barricaded himself inside a home.

“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,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement released later on Tuesday.

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,” Director 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.”

At a press conference earlier on Tuesday, George Piro. special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, clarified the events that took place.

“As you may know by now, this morning, agents from this office and officers from other partner law enforcement agencies assembled in Sunrise, Florida, to serve a court-ordered federal search warrant for a violent crimes against children investigation.”

“FBI Miami conducts search warrants almost daily. They are an essential and important part of what we do and are thoroughly researched and meticulously planned to take into account any threats or dangers. The vast majority of these warrants occur without incident and the investigation continues,” the FBI official said.

“The operation this morning in Sunrise ended tragically with the subject opening fire on the members of the search team. Five agents were struck by gunfire, resulting in the deaths of two agents, with the other three agents sustaining wounds of varying severity. Two of the wounded agents, both shot multiple times, were transported to a local hospital. One agent had his wounds treated at the scene,” Special Agent Piro said.

“The subject is also deceased. His name will not be released pending notification of next of kin.”

“It takes an incredibly special person to answer the call and do the heroic work of an FBI special agent. It requires self-sacrifice. It requires putting oneself in harm’s way, not once, but again and again,” said the Miami FBI chief.

“Dan and Laura left home this morning to carry out the mission they signed up for and loved to do-to keep the American people safe. They were valuable members of our team. They will forever be heroes. We will always honor their ultimate sacrifice.”

“Dan Alfin was 36 years old. He was born in New York and joined the FBI in 2009 with his initial assignment to the FBI’s Albany, New York, office. He has been assigned to FBI Miami since 2017 and has worked crimes against children violations for over six years. He is survived by his wife and one child,” Piro said.

“Laura Schwartzenberger was 43 years old. She was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and joined the FBI in 2005. Her initial assignment was with the FBI’s Albuquerque, New Mexico, office. She was reassigned to FBI Miami in 2010 and has worked crimes against children cases for over seven years. She is survived by her husband and two children.”

“The FBI is a family, and our chosen profession is fraught with danger. Today, this grim reality has taken two of our best from our family. We are saddened by the loss as we struggle to come to terms with what happened,” the special agent said.

(Photo credit: WSYN News).

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