California sees rash of ICE agent shootouts
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special response team came under fire while serving federal warrants Thursday in Petaluma , California.
Two of the agents suffered serious wounds in the gunfight but are expected to survive and a third federal agent sustained minor injuries.
All of the victims, who were participating in an ongoing investigation, suffered gunshot wounds and remain hospitalized. Further details of their injuries were not available, according to a CBS San Francisco report
ICE agents have one suspect is in custody, according to Homeland Security spokeswoman Virginia Kice. No information on the shooter(s) was available at press time.
The Best Western hotel located behind the home on McDowell Boulevard near McNeil Drive where the shoot out occurred around 4 a.m. was put on lockdown. Hotel manager Bob Everhart said he heard loud bangs and gun shots around that time. Police ended the lockdown at approximately 6 a.m.
Petaluma police, deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and a SWAT team were called to the crime scene to assist ICE agents after gunfire erupted and the agents were shot.
On Wednesday, an ICE agent was shot to death in Southern California in an unrelated case involving domestic violence, according to a Los Angeles Times report. The ICE agent who died Wednesday was allegedly killed by a gun shot fired through the window of his home by his 14-year-old son. The victim’s son has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
"I am deeply saddened to report that one of our ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents died tragically at his home in the Los Angeles area overnight," ICE Director John Morton said in a statement.
In February, a confrontation between agents at the Glenn M. Anderson Building in Long Beach erupted in gunfire leaving one agent dead and another seriously injured, according to a the Los Angeles Times
Authorities said Ezequiel Garcia, 45, supervisor with the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force,shot Deputy Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kozak, 51, in his upper body, legs and hands before being shot and killed himself by a supervisor.