A Drug Enforcement Administration special agent was murdered Monday in Tucson, Arizona; when a passenger, who also died, opened fire while agents were conducting a routine search for illicit items aboard an Amtrak train, according to the authorities. A second agent was injured and a Tucson police officer.
In a recently published article in NPR, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus described the event as horrific, according to him, they have formulated the term with how terrible the loss was. Nevertheless, Magnus said appreciated the the cops’ very remarkable efforts on the spot. They dashed into the danger, inside the vehicle, where an active shooting scenario was taking on.
Magnus talked outside the Tucson hospital, where the injured agent and cop were being treated. The agent’s health was reported as critical, while the officer was rated as stable. Authorities, he added, would not provide their identities.
A Frequent Occurrence At All Transit Terminals
The incident occurred just after 8 a.m. aboard a train halted at the city’s downtown area station, sending commuters running. A regional task team of DEA agents and Tucson police officers had boarded one of the automobiles for a routine search for illicit money, guns, and narcotics. According to Magnus, it’s a frequent occurrence at all transit terminals.
Officers were holding a guy on the upper level of the double-decker car when another man pulled out a pistol and started shooting. Magnus said he exchanged five rounds with cops before barricading himself in a restroom on the lower floor. Later, he was discovered dead inside.
A Tucson Officer Ran To Help But End Up Being Shot
The other suspect was apprehended. It’s unclear what accusations he’s facing or how he’s connected to the second man. Meanwhile, Magnus commended Tucson police officials for transporting the injured DEA agent to the hospital in the back of a patrol car after he was taken off the train. When the incident occurred, the hospitalized Tucson officer was on the platform. When he went inside the vehicle to aid, he was shot.
In the automobile where the incident happened, there were around a dozen additional passengers. On the other hand, Amtrak spokesperson Jason Abrams also verified that no injuries to the crew or passengers had been recorded. According to Abrams, train 2 of the Sunset Limited, which ran from Los Angeles to New Orleans, arrived at the Tucson station around 7:40 a.m.. According to him, there were 137 passengers and 11 crew members on board. Everyone has been taken to the station.
The Event was Drably Captured
Evan Courtney subsequently shared a photo on Twitter of almost two dozen cops, two of whom were embracing. Some gunfire may be seen in dramatic footage captured by a camera at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum.
Multiple shots can be heard from inside a train before a man dressed as a security officer with a dog enters via an open door in the center of the second-to-last compartment. The footage shows two witnesses backing away and then sprinting past a baggage cart, where they join four others as they guide each other into the last car and close the door.
A shot is fired, and the security officer, armed with a rifle, steps off the train, the dog still attached to the leash. As a guy arrives at the passenger car door, he dashes behind a building on the railway platform, fires three rounds at the fleeing man and dog, and then slips back inside.
Virtual Railfan, which maintains more than 50 cameras live streaming train movements around the country for rail enthusiasts, owns the camera. Both Tucson police and Amtrak police have asked for any film to be made accessible, said to Kathy Abbott, operations manager. According to Abbott, the cameras used by Virtual Railfan do catch crime, but maybe not that spectacular.
Tucson is roughly 110 miles south of Phoenix and home to the University of Arizona.