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DEA agent killed, two other law enforcement officials hospitalized after Tucson shooting

Posted at 10:27 AM, Oct 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-05 01:20:04-04

TUCSON, AZ — An agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was killed Monday during a routine inspection of an Amtrak train in Tucson after a man opened fire inside the train.

A second DEA agent was also shot and taken to the hospital, where they are currently listed in critical condition. A Tucson police officer was also injured and taken to the hospital. That officer is listed in stable condition, officials said. It's unclear if the officer was shot.

Tucson police says a group of law enforcement members, including Tucson officers and DEA agents, were doing the routine check looking for weapons or anything suspicious on the train.

One person on the train was detained during the search. At that time a second person, believed to be an adult Hispanic male, opened fire with a gun. After exchanging shots with officers, the suspect barricaded himself in an area of the train.

The suspect was eventually found deceased inside a bathroom on the train.

One DEA agent was removed from the train and rushed to the hospital critical condition by another officer in the back of a patrol vehicle. The second agent was taken by ambulance to the hospital but didn’t survive.

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All passengers and crew members on the train, which was headed from Los Angeles to New Orleans, were evacuated into the Tucson station.

Amtrak said no passenger or crew injuries were reported.

The name of the agent killed, or the other agent and officer injured have not been released. The suspect’s identity has not been released.

The first person detained is still in custody. Details on any possible charges against that person have not been released.

No further information has been released.