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Deputy U.S. Marshal Who Was Critically Injured by Gunman Released from Hospital

Deputy U.S. Marshal is released from the hospital. Photo via U.S. Marshals Service.

By Steve Neavling

A deputy U.S. Marshal who was shot while trying to arrest a fugitive in Baltimore earlier this month has been released from the hospital. 

The U.S. Marshals Service said he will “complete his recovery at home amongst his friends and family.”

“We are grateful for those who worked vigorously to save the deputy marshal’s life and for all the well wishes sent from both the public and our brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” the agency tweeted. “Due to privacy concerns, the USMS will not identify the officer involved in the shooting.”

The deputy Marshal was critically injured and on life support after he was shot by Donta Green, 30, who was wanted on numerous charges for allegedly shooting at police several days earlier. Marshals returned fire and killed Green.  

Rapper Kodak Black Offers to Pay College Tuition for Children of Slain FBI Agents

FBI Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger

By Steve Neavling

The popular rapper Kodak Black is offering to pay the college tuition of the children of the two FBI agents who were killed last week while trying to serve a search warrant at a Florida home.

Black, who was recently pardoned by President Trump, reached out to the FBI to make the offer to the three children because he “knows what it’s like to lose loved ones and grow up in a single-parent home, and he wants to make sure the mourning families don’t ever have to worry about sending their kids to college,” TMZ reports

Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger were fatally shot by a man accused of possessing child pornography. Alfin had a 3-year-old, and Schwartzenberger’s children were 4 and 9.

Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was pardoned last month by Trump. In 2019, he was sentenced to 46 months in prison on federal weapons. 

It wasn’t immediately clear if the families accepted Kodak’s offer. 

New Details Emerge about Shooting That Killed 2 FBI Agents, Wounded 3 Others

By Steve Neavling

As FBI agents tried to serve a search warrant at an apartment in Sunrise, Fla., at 6 a.m. Tuesday, a man with an assault-style rifle ambushed them by opening fire from inside his home, shooting through the door. 

By the time the gunfire ended, five agents were shot, two of them fatally. The gunman, who was suspected of possessing child pornography, died after turning a gun on himself. 

Two of the agents were in stable condition Tuesday, and the other wounded agent was not hospitalized. 

Speaking to law enforcement sources, The Miami Herald revealed horrifying new details of one of the deadliest shootings for the FBI. 

The gunman spotted the agents with a doorbell camera.

“There are several huge holes in the door going outward,” one law enforcement official said.

Killed were Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger. 

For reasons that remain unknown, Tuesday’s raid occurred without the presence of heavily armed tactical officers, as often occurs when agents executive search warrants.  

“FBI Miami conducts search warrants almost daily,” FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro said in a statement. “They are an essential and important part of what we do and we thoroughly research and meticulously plan for any threats or dangers. The vast majority of these warrants occur without incident.”

President Biden spoke out about the attack. 

“My heart aches for the families,” Biden said in a press briefing on Tuesday evening. “I have not had an opportunity, nor will I try today to contact them but they put their lives on the line, and it’s a hell of a price to pay.”

Suspected Smuggler Arrested After Shooting at Border Patrol Agents

File photo, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents came under fire early Sunday morning after trying to stop an SUV driven by a suspected smuggler of undocumented immigrants in Brackettville, Texas. 

No one was injured, CBP said in a news release Tuesday. 

The driver of the black Chevrolet SUV pulled over and fired a gun at agents before driving off. Local law enforcement officers spiked the SUV, prompting the driver to flee on foot when the vehicle came to a stop. 

Authorities arrested a suspected smuggler and several undocumented immigrants who were inside the cab of the SUV. The driver, a Mexican national, was tracked down in the brush and arrested without incident. 

“Thanks to our agents and law enforcement partners, these violent offenders are now behind bars,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II said in a statement. “Acts such as these highlight the importance of border security and the dangers we face daily, and I am grateful no one was injured.”

Both suspected smugglers face charges of assault on a federal agent. 

Man Accused of Shooting FBI Agent in New Mexico Faces 20 Years in Prison

Derick Garcia

By Steve Neavling

A man accused of shooting an FBI agent who was helping execute a search warrant at an apartment in New Mexico last week was formally arraigned in federal court on Tuesday. 

Derick Garcia, 23, of Albuquerque, was charged with assault on a federal officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. 

The agent, who has not been identified, was struck in the forearm, taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital for care and is recovering. 

The bureau said the agent was wearing a marked vest identifying him as an FBI agent when he and other agents knocked, announced they were with the FBI and had a warrant. 

“Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe,” said James C. Langenberg, special agent in charge for the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office said in a news release. “FBI special agents courageously accept the danger as part of their job. Fortunately, our agent who was shot on Friday while performing his duty is out of the hospital and recovering. His bravery is an inspiration to all of us at the FBI who have sworn an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and defend the American people, regardless of the sacrifices that may be asked of us.”

Garcia was taken into custody after the shooting. 

FBI Agent Wounded in Shootout in Louisiana ‘Expected to Make Full Recovery’

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent is recovering after being wounded in a shootout with a murder and kidnapping suspect at a Louisiana motel last week.

The bureau on Friday declined to say whether the agent was still hospitalized, but said the unidentified agent “is in stable condition, in good spirits and is expected to make a full recovery,” NOLA.com reports

The agent, who worked out of the New Orleans Field Office, was among a coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement who tried to execute a search warrant on James David Hawley, 47, at a Pineville motel. After a several-hour standoff, the agent was struck by a bullet during a shootout with the suspect, the FBI said. 

Hawley is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, Thoue Nichole Bronowski, 45, after killing her mother Norma Matko, 69, of Belmont County. Authorities said he fled to Louisiana with Bronowski. 

The last agent from the New Orleans Field Office to be shot in the line of duty was wounded trying to arrest a kidnapping suspect at a Louisiana motel in May 2015. The agent survived. 

FBI Agent Wounded During Shootout with Murder Suspect at Louisiana Motel

James David Hawley, 47.

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent was wounded in a shootout with a murder and kidnapping suspect at a Louisiana motel on Wednesday. 

The suspect, James David Hawley, 47, of Cleveland, was shot dead after a coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement tried to executive a search warrant at the Pinveille motel, which lead to a several-hour standoff, NOLA.com reports.

The kidnapping victim was rescued.

The FBI agent, who was not identified, worked out of the New Orleans Field Office. The agent was hospitalized and still receiving treatment as of Wednesday afternoon. 

Hawley is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, Thoue Nichole Bronowski, 45, after killing her mother Norma Matko, 69, of Belmont County. 

Authorities said he fled to Louisiana with Bronowski. 

FBI agents from the bureau’s inspection division are investigating the shootout. 

Woman Who Fatally Shot FBI Agent Ordered to Stay in Prison

Christina Korbe

By Steve Neavling

Christina Korbe, who fatally shot an FBI agent during a drug raid in Pennsylvania, won’t be freed from prison early, a federal judge has ruled. 

Korbe was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing FBI Agent Sam Hicks when her home was raided for drugs at her Indiana Township home in 2008. Hick was 33. 

U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan rejected her bid for early release, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

“Ms. Korbe has spent a significant period of time in prison, which has placed a burden on her family,” the judge wrote. “While the Court empathizes with Ms. Korbe and her family, empathy doesn’t always translate into compassionate release. The circumstances presented here simply do not rise to the standard that Congress has authorized for early release.”

Korbe’s attorney requested the early release because she claimed she had the coronavirus in the spring, but prosecutors disputed that. Whatever the case, the judge said Korbe is not at a high risk because she lacks underlying health conditions. 

Korbe was convicted in 2011 of voluntary manslaughter and using a fund during a crime of violence. She was spared a life sentence for a murder a federal agent.

Korbe is eligible for release in 2022.