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1 ICE agent dead, 1 wounded as dispute erupts into shooting

February 16, 2012 |  9:30 pm


A confrontation between a federal law enforcement agent and his supervisor escalated into gunfire Thursday evening in Long Beach, leaving one dead and the other seriously injured, authorities said.

The incident involved agents from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building along the city's oceanfront.

The agency, known as ICE, said in a statement Thursday night that one of its agents died at the scene and that the other was in stable condition. But the statement did not provide details regarding the shooting.

Multiple law enforcement authorities told The Times that the shooting involved an unspecified dispute between the agent and his supervisor.

The agent opened fire repeatedly on the supervisor on the seventh floor of the building, according to the law enforcement authorities, who asked not be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

With the supervisor wounded, a third agent intervened and opened fire on the gunman. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to law enforcement authorities. The agent who killed the gunman was not injured.

The supervisor was taken by a Long Beach Fire Department ambulance to nearby St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was being treated late Thursday.

The chaotic scene outside the multi-story building at Ocean Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue was marked by confusion as police and federal agents descended on the site. Initial reports from the command post, which were sent to law enforcement agencies, stated that two agents were killed.

But ICE issued a brief statement about 8 p.m. saying only that one agent had died. The agency did not release the names of the two agents, saying that family members had not been notified.


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Photo: The scene at the federal building in Long Beach where gunfire erupted. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times