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Man Who Opened Fire on FBI Agents Sentenced to 15 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A fugitive who shot at FBI agents while he was barricaded in a house his near Pittsburgh was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Frank Perez Jr. fired at least 20 shots from two pistols and a 12-gauge shotgun while an FBI SWAT team surrounded his house to take him into custody for a 1999 murder in Indiana, according to the AP.

Perez pleaded guilty in March to assaulting federal agents with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

The defense unsuccessfully urged for leniency, saying Perez lived in a hardscrabble, gang-plagued neighborhood in Chicago. But they were unable to convince U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer, who imposed a sentence five years beyond the minimum.

Indiana authorities said they don’t plan to extradite Perez until he serves his full sentence, the AP reported.

Murder Suspect Fires Shots at FBI Agents Before Being Arrested

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

After shooting at FBI agents, 30-year-old Frank Perez Jr. was arrested peacefully in a Pittsburgh suburb Tuesday, station WTAE in Pittsburgh reported.

The arrest in Verona, Pa., came after a nearly three-hour standoff with agents and an Allegheny County SWAT Team, WTAE reported.

“He came out on his own,”  FBI Special Agent Jeff Killeen said, according to the station. “With those overwhelming odds, really he has no chance of  escaping and running anymore.”

The FBI said it did not fire any shots. But the station reported that a witness claimed to have seen the agents crouching and firing shots.

Perez’s 1999 charges involved his shooting at police officers, and the FBI says he is suspected of a kidnapping in Mexico as well, according to WTAE.

“This individual has demonstrated clearly that he’s very much a danger to society,” Killeen said. “He’s fired on law enforcement — not once, but twice, in two separate incidents — so we’re very, very concerned about the level of danger that this person poses.”

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