One federal agent was killed and another is in critical condition following a shooting on an Amtrak train in Tucson, Arizona. After the agents searched for drugs and guns, the shooting occurred.
Officials said the violence started as a confrontation on the train between two DEA agents and a suspect.
“They were checking for illegal guns, money, drugs, this is something they do, as I said, routinely,” Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said.
But this time, it turned deadly.
When the first barrage of shots were fired, onlookers didn’t know what was happening until they saw a K-9 officer run toward the gunman. Someone shouted “Get out! You must get out! Before more gunfire started.
The officer backed off the train and ran for his life as the gunman fired at him. With bullets flying around Tucson’s train depot, the shootout went on.
The train, which runs between Los Angeles and New Orleans, was carrying 137 passengers and 11 crew members, and arrived in Tucson around 8 a.m. An Amtrak spokesperson stated that there were no injuries among the passengers or crew.
Special Agent in Charge Sherry Oz said that in addition to the agent that died and the agent in critical condition, a task force officer is also in stable condition.
The suspected shooter was found dead on the train and a second suspect was taken into custody, Magnus said. Magnus stated that he didn’t know whether the suspect shooter had been killed by law-enforcement or if it was his suicide.
The FBI is “processing the scene with assistance from ATF and Tucson PD,” the bureau said in a statement.