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FBI probes deadly shooting involving ICE agents in Long Beach

February 16, 2012 | 11:04 pm

ICE agent shootout leaves 2 dead, 1 wounded, authorities said

About 100 FBI agents late Thursday were combing a shooting scene in Long Beach where a federal agent had wounded his supervisor before being fatally shot by another agent.

The FBI agents were interviewing witnesses and processing the crime scene after the dispute between the agents with the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE, at the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building.

"At this time we believe this was an isolated incident and that the shooter acted alone," Steven Martinez, assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles FBI office, told reporters at the scene.

Multiple law enforcement authorities told the Los Angeles Times that the shooting involved a dispute between an agent and his supervisor.

The agent opened fire repeatedly on the male supervisor shortly before 6 p.m. in the building, according to the sources, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

With the supervisor wounded, a third agent intervened and opened fire on the gunman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to law enforcement authorities. The male agent who killed the gunman was uninjured.

The supervisor was taken by a Long Beach Fire Department ambulance to nearby St. Mary Medical Center, where he was being treated late Thursday. He was in stable condition.

Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of the ICE office in Los Angeles, declined to provide details on the shooting because of the ongoing investigation. He also said that the names of the agents were not being released because relatives had not been notified.

"Obviously, there's still many questions that remain to be answered," Arnold said. "Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected."

The Long Beach Police Department, which initially responded to the call, was investigating the shooting with the FBI. They were being aided by the ICE office of Professional Responsibility.

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Photo: Law enforcement officials gather at the shooting scene in Long Beach. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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