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    FBI Agent Slain Serving Drug Warrant In Pittsburgh Suburb - Local News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh

    INDIANA TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- An FBI agent was shot to death while taking part in a large drug bust throughout the Pittsburgh region Wednesday morning, and the owner of the house where it happened was taken to a hospital in police custody.

    Dozens of Allegheny County police officers, state police and federal agents responded to Woods Run Road -- a short, dirt road with just seven homes -- where Special Agent Sam Hicks was killed. (See Map)

    "We are all grieving this loss, and Sam's memory will never be forgotten," said Special Agent in Charge Michael Rodriguez, of the Pittsburgh FBI office. He said the 33-year-old Hicks was working on a task force with local police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

    A neighbor who did not want to be identified told WTAE Channel 4 Action News that she saw four unmarked cars arrive at about 6 a.m.

    "They all turned their lights off and headed back up the road, which I thought was kind of unusual," the neighbor said. "About 15 minutes later, my sister called me. She lives right next door, and she says, 'The driveway is full of police.'"

    Rodriguez said somebody was taken into custody in connection with the shooting, but he did not identify that person or say if any charges had been filed. He did say that the investigation was continuing.

    Robert Korbe -- the owner of the house where the warrant was served -- was taken away from Allegheny General Hospital in handcuffs while wearing blue scrubs shortly after noon. Neither staff members nor police said why Korbe had been in the hospital.

    Korbe was one of 35 people charged in a drug-trafficking indictment unsealed Wednesday. The indictment accuses the defendants of conspiring to traffic cocaine and crack from October 2007 through September. Other suspects were being rounded up throughout the Pittsburgh area Wednesday.

    Rodriguez said the alleged operation was "a violent drug distribution ring" but did not offer any other details during a brief news conference Wednesday morning.

    In August, WTAE Channel 4's news exchange partners at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the 39-year-old Korbe waived a hearing on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.

    Charges in that earlier case stemmed from Sharpsburg police allegations that Korbe fought with officers when he was stopped May 16 after leaving a fight at Pod's Landing Bar. Police said they found him carrying 130 grams of cocaine and pills including Vicodin, Viagra and Cialis.

    Korbe's mother, Antoinette, told Channel 4 Action News that her son has been involved with drugs for years. She said he is a convicted felon and is not allowed to own a gun, but his wife, Christina, does have a license to carry.

    Antoinette Korbe said she has not seen Robert Korbe in three years because he and his wife got a protection-from-abuse order against her. She did not discuss details of the PFA.

    Hicks, 33, was a graduate of Southmoreland High School in Alverton, Westmoreland County, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He worked as a police officer in Baltimore before joining the local FBI office a little more than a year ago. He had a wife and a 3-year-old son.

    Special Agent Martha Dixon was the last local FBI agent to die in the line of duty. The Mount Lebanon native was killed when a gunman opened fire in a Washington, D.C., police station in 1994. Seven years later, when the FBI opened its new Pittsburgh headquarters, the building was named for her.
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