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FBI Agents Shot in Florida Were ‘Heroes’ Who Protected Children from Sexual Predators

FBI Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger

The two FBI agents were fatally shot while serving a search warrant at an apartment in Florida were remembered as heroes who were dedicated to protecting children from sexual predators. 

FBI Special Agents Daniel Alfin, 36, and Laura Schwartzenberger, 43, specialized in investigating child pornography and crimes against children and worked out of the Miami Field Office, The USA Today reports.

“Special Agent Alfin and Special Agent Schwartzenberger exemplified heroism today in defense of their country,” Wray said in a statement. “The FBI will always honor their ultimate sacrifice and will be forever grateful for their bravery.”

Alfin, a New York native, was first assigned to the FBI’s Albany Field Office office in 2009. Over the past six years, he investigated crimes against children. He had a wife and child.  

Schwartzenberger, 43, joined the bureau’s Albuquerque Field Office in 2005 and was transferred to Miami in 2010. She tracked suspects accused of exploiting children online. She had a husband and two children. 

“They will forever be heroes,” George Piro, special agent in charge of the Miami Field Office, said. “We are saddened by the loss as we struggle to come to terms with what happened.”

Three other FBI agents were shot outside the Sunrise, Fla., apartment of David Lee Huber, a 55-year-old systems engineer who was suspected of possessing child pornography. 

Two of the agents were hospitalized and later released, and the third agent was not taken to the hospital. 

The shooting was one of the deadliest in FBI history. 

FBI Special Agent Dies After Completing Mandatory Fitness Assessment

Special Agent Ricky O’Donald

Special Agent Ricky O’Donald

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI special agent in the Miami Field Office died after completing the bureau’s annual mandatory fitness assessment earlier this month.

Special Agent Rickey O’Donald suffered a heart attack soon after finishing the fitness assessment on Feb. 17, Officer.com reports.

O’Donald, a 29-year veteran of the FBI, complained to fellow agents that he wasn’t feeling himself, so he drove to a local hospital. While in the parking lot, he collapsed and was later pronounced dead.

O’Donald is survived by his wife and and their daughter.

Contributions may be directed to Christ Rock Community Church, 11000 Stirling Road, Cooper City, Fla. 33328. http://crcconline.org/

The funeral is scheduled for March 1 at Fred Hunter’s University Drive Home in Davie.

FBI Agent Arrested in Pakistan Faces Formal Charges Soon for Trying to Bring Ammunition, Knife on Plane

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police are expected to file formal charges soon against the FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition and a knife onto a plane in Karachi.

The Associated Press reports that a judge on Saturday urged police to file the charges by May 19, the Associated Press reports.

FBI Agent Joel Cox of the Miami Field Office is expected to be back in court on that date. He is free of jail on a $9,800 bail.

Pakistani officials have said there appeared to be no criminal intent in trying to bring the ammunition and knife.

U.S. officials said Cox forgot to remove the weapons from his carry-on luggage.

Pakistan Temporarily Releases FBI Agent Caught Bordering Plane with Ammunition, Knives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Averting an escalating diplomatic spat, Pakistan freed an FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition, knives and electronic devices onto a plane in Karachi.

The Associated Press reports that Joel Cox, of the Miami Field Office, released on nearly $10,000 bail, just three days after he was arrested.

A Pakistani investigation found that Cox had no criminal intentions.

U.S. officials said Cox forgot to the equipment was in his luggage.

The investigation has been submitted to the court, where Cox faces charges of carrying unauthorized ammunition on a civilian flight.

FBI Agent Arrested in Pakistan for Trying to Board Flight with Ammunition, Knife Likely to Be Released on Bail

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition and a knife onto a plane in Karachi may be released from jail today on $10,000 bail, the Washington Post reports this morning.

The agent has been identified as Joel Cox, who works in the Miami Field Office.

News of his possible release comes a day after Pakistani officials said he would be jailed until at least Saturday while awaiting anti-terrorism charges.

The tone in Pakistan has changed.

“The government can challenge the bail but since the offense is not serious enough they might not challenge it,” a police officer said.
Instead of facing anti-terrorism charges, as first reported, Cox faces charges of carrying unauthorized ammunition on a civilian flight.
American officials confirmed that Cox was arrested after security found a knife and 15 9mm bullets in his luggage.

FBI Agent Arrested on Anti-Terrorism Charges in Pakistan After Ammunition Discovery

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent on temporary duty in Pakistan was arrested on anti-terrorism charges after authorities found ammunition in his luggage as he boarded a plane in Karachi, the Washington Post reports.

The agent is being held in jail until at least Saturday as Pakistani officials investigate the discovery Monday of 15 bullets and a magazine for a 9mm pistol in his bag, authorities there said.

The agent, who works in the Miami Field Office, was in court Tuesday on charges of violating local anti-terrorism laws that bar the possession of weapons or ammunition on a commercial flight.

U.S. officials confirmed the arrest but did not disclose his identity.

U.S. officials told the Post that the agent forgot to remove the ammunition and did not have a gun.