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Four Suspects Arrested in Shooting of ATF Agent, Police Officer in Tennessee

By Steve Neavling

Three adults and a teenager were charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a Memphis police officer and an ATF agent in Tennessee. 

The shooting occurred about 2:30 p.m. Friday when officers with a violent crimes unit were searching for a carjacked vehicle that was involved in a crash, Memphis police said on Twitter. The four suspects exited a red sedan and fired multiple shots at the officer and ATF agent before fleeing the scene. 

The officer and agents were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Authorities arrested Adarius Armstrong, 19, Barium Martin, 19, and a 17-year-old. 

U.S. Marshals tracked down a fourth suspect, 19-year-old Julius Armstrong, who was briefly at large.  

“With a Memphis Police Officer and ATF Agent Shot and a suspect on the run, finding the suspect became our number one priority, as we worked to assist our local and federal partners,” U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller said in a statement. “We have used every means possible and were able to locate him within 12 hours. With the assistance of MPD and ATF, we were able to take the suspect into custody with no injuries to him or any law enforcement officer.”

ATF Special Agent in Charge Mickey French added, “Removing the criminal element that uses firearms to facilitate violent crimes is a priority of ATF. ATF’s partnerships with the Memphis PD and the U.S. Marshals Service in the arrest of these individuals will have a lasting impact on the community.” 

FBI Officers Reward for Help Locating Gunman Who Fired at Task Force Officer

Footage of three men entering the suspect vehicle about 10 minutes before the shooting. Photo: FBI

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is offering a reward for help identifying people who fired several shots at a bureau task force officer in a drive-by shooting in Phoenix last month. 

A task force vehicle came under fire in the early hours of April 23 near 20th Street and Wier Avenue in south Phoenix. 

The officer was not injured. 

About 10 minutes before the shooting, surveillance footage shows three men entering the suspect vehicle, a white 2003 Hyundai Sonata. 

The reward is up to $10,000. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI’s Phoenix Office at 623-466-1999. 

Son of Fallen FBI Agent Surprised with Birthday Caravan

Eli Alfin, the son of fallen FBI agent Daniel Alfin, waves at law enforcement. Photo: Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

By Steve Neavling

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office organized a surprise birthday caravan for the 5-year-old son of FBI Agent Daniel Alfin, who was killed while executing a search warrant at a home in Florida in February. 

Local and federal authorities joined in the celebration, delivering gifts to Eli Alfin. 

“The Alfin family has been through an indescribable loss and we wouldn’t miss the opportunity to join in this special celebration and show them our support,” the Broward County Sheriff’s Office tweeted on Sunday. 

Alfin and FBI Agent Laura Schwartzenberger were fatally shot outside the Sunrise, Fla., apartment of David Lee Huber, a 55-year-old systems engineer who was suspected of possessing child pornography. Three other FBI agents were shot and have since recovered.

Alfin and Schwartzenberger specialized in investigating child pornography and crimes against children and worked out of the Miami Field Office. 

Alfin, a New York native, was first assigned to the FBI’s Albany Field Office office in 2009. 

Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting U.S. Marshals Service Task Force Member

Joseph Dale Sonnier

By Steve Neavling

A 32-year-old man who shot a member of a U.S. Marshals Service Task Force outside of a hotel in Mississippi has pleaded guilty to four counts of assaulting and resisting officers and one count of discharging a firearm.  

Joseph Dale Sonnier, of Hancock County, entered the plea in federal court Thursday and is set to be sentenced on July 8. He faces up to 20 years of prison on each count. 

Sonnier shot a member of the task force in the neck while executing a search warrant on July 21. The officer survived. 

Sonnier was wanted on two counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assaulted, armed robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. 

Street by Middle School Will Be Named After FBI Agent Killed in Line of Duty

FBI Agent Laura Schwartzenberger. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

Laura Schwartzenberger, one of two FBI agents killed while serving a search warrant at a home in Florida last month, will have a street named after her outside a school where she taught students about the dangers of social media.

“She would always say, ‘I feel that coming here and talking about the hard stuff means that I won’t see you guys on my end,’ ” Rockway Middle School in Westchester said in a statement released after her death. “Laura’s commitment to and dedication to not just Rockway, but the community as a whole, will be missed.”

The school requested that a portion of Southwest 93rd Court be called “Laura Schwartzenberger Way.” Miami-Dade commissioners granted the request Tuesday, The Miami Herald reports.

“It seems she was very popular there,” Commissioner Javier Souto said.

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade commissioners granted Rockway’s request to name the street outside the school after Schwartzenberger. The portion of Southwest 93rd Court between Coral Way and 32nd Street will also carry the name “Laura Schwartzenberger Way.”

Schwartzenberger, 43, joined the FBI’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. 

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.”