ICE agent shootings included 'very intense struggle' over gun
More details are emerging about the dramatic scene last Thursday when one Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent allegedly opened fire on his supervisor and another agent then fatally shot the gunman.
Authorities said Ezequiel Garcia, 45, who supervised a document and benefit fraud task force, shot Deputy Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kozak, 51, in his upper torso, legs and hands before being shot and killed by another immigration official. Kozak, a 30-year veteran agent who previously served as acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Los Angeles operations, was hospitalized.
Officials did not identify the third supervisor, who has been placed on leave, citing "concern for his privacy."
One police source who was present at the scene said a group of Los Angeles Police Department detectives and officers who happened to be in the building rushed over to the office, responding to a call for medical help over the PA system.
ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice told the Associated Press that after Garcia shot Kozak, the other agent struggled with Garcia for the gun. "There was a very, very intense struggle. They were physically struggling over the gun."
That agent then fired on Garcia.
The shooting occurred as Kozak was having a meeting with Garcia over his job performance.
--Victoria Kim, Paloma Esquivel, Phil Willon, Hector Becerra and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Claude Arnold, right, special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles, releases the names of ICE officials who were involved in a deadly shooting in Long Beach. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times