Federal authorities have identified the two FBI special agents killed while serving a warrant at a Florida address early Tuesday morning.
“Every day, F.B.I. 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,” Wray said in a statement.
“The F.B.I. will always honor their ultimate sacrifice and will be forever grateful for their bravery.”
Three other FBI agents were wounded after a shootout at the residence in Sunrise, and the subject of the warrant was killed. Two FBI agents remain hospitalized while the third injured agent did not require hospitalization, the New York Times reports.
As previously reported, the FBI had arrived to serve a warrant in connection to a “violent crimes against children case.” A spokesperson for the FBI Agents Association told WJCT the FBI had gone to the residence “to seize evidence in connection with suspected possession of child pornography.”
The circumstances of the shooting remain unclear. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
[Feature image: Law enforcement officers block an area where a shooting wounded several FBI agents while serving an arrest warrant, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)]