The FBI on Wednesday named the man who shot and killed five agents, killing two and wounding three during a South Florida raid.
The shooter, 55-year-old David Huber of Sunrise, died Tuesday, but authorities have not said what led to his death. The dead and wounded agents were involved in a raid against child pornography and crimes committed against children. Special Agent Daniel Alphin and Special Agent Laura Schwarzenberger were killed. Both specialized in catching child porn creators.
The deaths of FBI agents in shootings in the line of duty are rare, the bureau says. Tuesday’s shooting marks the first time since 2008 that an FBI agent has been fatally shot in the line of duty. Back then, Special Agent Samuel S. Hicks was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest in a drug trafficking case at a home near Pittsburgh.
The Dawn shooting is similar to another deadly shooting 35 years ago outside Miami that marked a turning point in FBI history. On April 11, 1986, two violent bank robbers pursued by FBI agents opened fire with high-powered firearms, killing two agents and wounding five others before the suspects were killed. After the shootings, the FBI issued semiautomatic pistols rather than revolvers to special agents, modified firearms training, and studied the psychological effects of shooting.