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Two suspects hurt in El Mirage shooting involving FBI officials

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Posted at 4:20 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-22 00:37:15-04

EL MIRAGE, AZ — Authorities are investigating a shooting in El Mirage involving members of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force.

The incident occurred near US-60 and Thompson Ranch Road around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The FBI says officials were executing a felony arrest warrant. The subject from the warrant, 32-year-old Ernesto Izaguirre, is now in the custody of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Ernesto Izaguirre

Izaguirre is facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shoplifting, and dangerous drug violation.

ABC15 discovered Izaguirre had been arrested at least ten times in Arizona since 2006. That number is even more surprising since Izaguirre was in prison from 2007 until 2014 for aggravated assault, criminal damage, drug paraphernalia, and two counts of theft-means of transportation. He has been charged with crimes in Buckeye, Flagstaff, Youngtown, and Maricopa and Coconino counties.

According to police documents, Izaguirre was involved in an incident in May after splitting up with his girlfriend. He reportedly arrived at the home his girlfriend was living at with their children, 11 and 4 years old, and her elderly father.

Police documents say he pointed a weapon at the elderly man in front of the children and made threats to harm him. Shots were reportedly fired during the altercation but no one was injured.

The victims feared for their life and feared he would take the children due to his violent tendencies and the fact he cut off an electronic monitoring device he was wearing, documents say.

Three people were in the suspect vehicle, the FBI says. Sources tell ABC15 the other two passengers were women.

One woman was not injured, according to the FBI. The other was shot and hospitalized, according to sources. The FBI would not tell ABC15 the condition of the passenger who was shot, despite multiple requests. They also would not say, at this time, how many agents fired shots and if they were FBI employees or MCSO deputies assigned to the task force.

It is unclear if either woman will be charged with a crime.

Officials say no law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident.

The FBI’s shooting incident review team is conducting interviews and gathering information regarding the shooting and plans to submit their findings to a review board. A timeline for how long a review would take was not immediately available.