Two FBI agents have been shot dead and three others have been wounded while serving a warrant in a child exploitation case in Florida, officials confirmed.
Two agents were killed during a shooting on Tuesday morning in Sunrise, FBI Miami Public Affairs Specialist Jim Marshall said in a statement. Their identities have not yet been released.
Two wounded agents were transported to hospital and are in stable condition, the statement confirmed. The statement did not address the condition of the third agent.
The agency also said that the subject also died in the shooting which happened at around 6.00 am EST. The name of the suspect was also not released.
“A team of law enforcement officers were there to execute a federal court-ordered search warrant in furtherance of a violent crimes against children case,” the spokesperson said.
According to The Miami Herald, a source said that the suspected gunman is thought to have shot and killed himself following a standoff that lasted several hours, during which he barricaded himself in the home.
Sunrise police department tweeted that there was “currently heavy police presence in the area of 4200 Nob Hill Rd” and requested that residents in the community Water Terrace remain in their homes.
Davie police were said to have been at the scene along with the FBI as part of routine protocol and police from other agencies swarmed the area following the shooting.
The child pornography case was being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by federal prosecutors in Fort Lauderdale, The Herald reported.
Following the incident, a large group of police officers was gathered outside a Fort Lauderdale hospital where victims were reportedly taken, according to the Associated Press.