Tucson, Ariz. — A Drug Enforcement Administration special agent died Monday after a passenger, who also died, opened fire as officers were doing Regular inspection for illegal prohibition On an Amtrak train in Tucson, Ariz., officials said.
A second agent and a Tucson police officer were injured.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said, “This is horrific and we all agree what a terrible loss this is.” “But I also want to reflect on the really heroic actions of the officers at the scene. They literally ran to danger, in the car, where there was an active shooting situation going on.”
Magnus spoke outside the hospital where the injured agent and Tucson officer were taken. The agent was listed in a critical condition while the officer’s condition was stable. He said officials would not release their names.
Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted a statement about the shooting late Monday.
“My heartfelt condolences go out to the loved ones and associates of the DEA agent who lost his life in Tucson today. Two other law enforcement officers were injured in hospital. Our prayers are with them, their families, and the law enforcement community.” wrote.
What do we know about shooting
The shooting, which sent passengers fleeing, took place just after 8 a.m. on a train that stopped at the station in the city’s downtown. A regional task force of DEA agents and Tucson police officers boarded one of the cars to conduct a specific investigation of illicit money, weapons, and drugs. Magnus said this is a common occurrence in all transit hubs.
Officers were in the middle of detaining a man on the top level of the double-decker car when a second man took out a handcuff and opened fire. Magnus said he exchanged several rounds with police and then locked himself in a bathroom on a lower level.
He was later found dead inside.
The second accused has been arrested. It was not immediately known what charges he faces or his connection to the other person.
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Magnus praised Tucson police officers for unloading the injured DEA agent from the train and taking him to the hospital in the back of a patrol car. Hospitalized Tucson officers were on stage after hearing gunshots. He was shot when he ran to the car for help.
About a dozen other passengers were also in the car in which the firing took place.
“I think it’s unbelievable that there weren’t other people here who were hurt, even though we are deeply saddened by the loss of the officer,” Magnus said. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams also confirmed that there were no reports of injuries to the crew or passengers.
Abrams said Train 2, a Sunset Limited, was traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans, and arrived at Tucson Station at 7:40 a.m. He said there were 137 passengers and 11 crew members. Everyone has been sent to the station.
The Tucson Police Department told The Arizona Republic that the FBI has taken over the investigation.
FBI spokesman Brooke Brennan told The Republic that the agency was processing the scene with the help of Tucson police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Additional information was not immediately available.
Bystander Photo explains more about shooting surveillance video
Evan Courtney was in a lounge car when people suddenly came running shouting: “Fire you!”
“I grabbed my backpack and ran away,” Kourtney told The Associated Press via Twitter direct messaging.
He said he was confused with other passengers while looking out the window. He saw several tactical police officers with assault rifles behind the barricades. After 15 minutes, “the police ran up to us and told us to get out of the car and run in the opposite direction.”
Kourtney later tweeted a photo of about two dozen officers, including two hugs.
Dramatic video taken by a camera at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum shows some of the shooting.
Several shots can be heard from inside the train before a man, who appears to be a security officer with a dog, runs towards the train andBoard the middle of the second-to-last car through an open door. The video shows two bystanders retreating and then running past a baggage cart, joined by four others as they drive each other to the last car and the door closes.
“Get out of here, get out of here,” someone can be heard shouting.
A shot is heard and the security officer, holding a gun, retreats from the train with the dog. He runs past a structure on a train platform as a man appears at the door of the passenger car, fires three shots at the fleeing man and dog, and disappears back inside.
The security officer appears in the frame again for a moment and flinches when another gunshot can be heard. A total of at least 20 shots can be heard in less than a minute and a half.
Over the next about 20 minutes, officers can be seen coming and talking about trying to gain control of the scene; A man can be seen running away from the train with his hands out; Many more shots can be heard. Around 8:20 a.m. officers can be seen helping people from the rear car of the train and then a patrol vehicle speeds up with its sirens, possibly referring to the agent as Magnus.
Camera Virtual belongs to RailFan, which operates over 50 cameras livestreaming train operations across the country for train enthusiasts. Operations Manager Cathy Abbott said both Tucson Police and Amtrak Police have asked to provide any footage.
Virtual RailFan’s cameras do capture the crime, Abbott said, but “it’s probably not as dramatic.” “It was definitely an adrenaline rush.”
As of 6:20 p.m. Monday, the virtual RailFan’s camera at the Tucson train station was still livestreaming, with investigators processing the scene as a sunset.
Tucson mayor: ‘An absolutely shocking act of violence’
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero condemned the shooting on Twitter and ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in all city buildings to honor the dead and injured.
“The shooting at our downtown train station this morning was an absolutely shocking act of violence,” Romero said in a written statement. “I ask all Tucsonans to join me in praying for the deceased DEA officer and for the speedy recovery of injured law enforcement officers.”
“We at the DEA are heartbroken by today’s events and ask that you keep the agents and the families of the task force officer in your thoughts and prayers,” said agency administrator Anne Milgram.
US Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened” by the shooting.
“This past week has been a reminder to all of us at the Justice Department that our representatives, agents and local law enforcement partners face each day,” he said.
Officers’ procession leaves the train station
Alexis Kamper told The Republic she was around the transit center when she heard gunshots and saw police disembark passengers from the train.
“I asked a police officer what was going on so that I could know what was happening and they told me there was an active shooter,” she said.
By 2:30 p.m., Kamper said she was tired of being stuck at the station and unsure of how to catch the bus. HeHe was one of the many people who were stranded and waiting for the buses that were re-routed since the shooting.
“I was a little scared in the morning because I heard gunshots… Now I’m just tired. I want to go home but I can’t do it yet.”
A handful of people along Pennington Street and Sixth Avenue near the station watched at 3:30 p.m. when a sea of police vehicles ranging from motorcycles to pickup trucks went in a procession in Tucson, their lights flashing, slowly crime-ridden. The tape which was passing through the site remained up and swayed in the gentle breeze.
Vehicle processions are a common tradition in law enforcement to honor officers who died in the line of duty. While many law-enforcement processions often involve a vehicle carrying the officer’s body to a medical examiner’s office, funeral, or cemetery, it was not immediately clear whether any of Monday’s processions would carry the agent’s body. gone or not.
Associated Press journalists Terry Tang and Michelle A. Monroe contributed to this story.