ICE Agent Killed in California Office Shootout - WSJ.com
This is not good. Thereis surely more to this story. Agent shoots his supervisor and the room turns into a brawl.
By ALEXANDRA BERZON And TAMARA AUDI
One immigration official was killed and another wounded on Thursday evening after a shootout erupted inside a federal-government building in Southern California.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigator died inside the agency's offices in Long Beach, Calif., after being shot at around 5:30 p.m., the agency said in a statement. A second agent was wounded and transported to a hospital and is in stable condition.
The two agents appear to have been involved in a confrontation with each other, law-enforcement sources said. The reason for the dispute was unclear.
The names of the agents haven't been released.
Citing law-enforcement sources, the Los Angeles Times described a chaotic confrontation between the two ICE agents, while a third jumped into the fray. A law-enforcement official told the newspaper the shooting occurred when an agent opened fire on his supervisor. The newspaper reported that two people had died while a third was wounded.
The agents are part of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit, which tracks immigration crime, human-rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics and weapons, financial crimes and other enforcement issues related to exports. The unit also conducts investigations to protect critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.
The shooting occurred not far from the Port of Los Angeles, where city officials had greeted Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping with great fanfare earlier in the day.
By early evening, Federal Bureau of Investigations agents were en route to the shootout scene to investigate, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Long Beach Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were also expected to be involved in the investigation.
—Miriam Jordan contributed to this article.