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Victim in ICE shooting was a high-ranking manager

February 17, 2012 | 11:17 am

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

A man who was seriously injured in a shooting at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Long Beach was a top-ranking official in the Los Angeles region, according to law enforcement sources.

Authorities have not identified the official, who was rushed to a Long Beach hospital after the Thursday afternoon shooting. But sources said he was one of the top managers at the ICE offices in Southern California.

Three people were involved in the shooting; all were supervisors in the office, and one was was killed.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the shooting and whether it was related to some kind of personal dispute or a professional confrontation, according to the sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.

Authorities said one supervisor fired repeatedly at the other shortly before 6 p.m. at the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building near the oceanfront. With one supervisor wounded, a third intervened and opened fire on the gunman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to law enforcement authorities.

The agent who killed the gunman was uninjured.

The wounded ICE official was taken by a Long Beach Fire Department ambulance to nearby St. Mary Medical Center and is reported to be in stable condition. The scene outside the multistory building at Ocean Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue was marked by confusion as police and federal agents descended on the site.

As investigators gathered evidence Thursday night and interviewed witnesses, Luis Martinez, 25, watched from a parking lot booth across from the federal building where he works as a cashier.

Drawn by the sound of screeching tires, Martinez said he walked to the building and saw at least four SUVs stopping outside the main entrance. Then Martinez said he saw several police officers storm in.

"Some people were running out and there were two ambulances in the middle" of the street,  Martinez said.

Formed in 2003, ICE is the main investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and has agents across the United States and in dozens of foreign countries.

The agents are involved in immigration enforcement, customs inspections and efforts that target gang members and traffickers who move people and illegal goods into the United States.


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Photo: Shooting scene at Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Long Beach. Credit: KTLA News