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'Exemplified heroism': FBI agent killed in Florida shootout was Pueblo native

Zach Hillstrom
The Pueblo Chieftain

One of the two FBI agents killed Tuesday in Sunrise, Florida, while executing a federal search warrant was Pueblo native Laura Schwartzenberger, friends of the family have confirmed to the Chieftain and later confirmed by the FBI.

She is survived by her husband and two children.

Schwartzenberger, 43, was killed Tuesday morning along with another FBI agent, Daniel Alfin, while serving a warrant in a crimes against children investigation.

As law enforcement attempted to serve the warrant, the suspect reportedly barricaded himself inside the residence and engaged in a shootout with police.

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Law enforcement officers walk near the entrance to an apartment complex where a shooting wounded several FBI agents while serving an arrest warrant Tuesday,  in Sunrise, Fla.

Schwartzenberger and Alfin were shot and killed and three other FBI agents were injured, two of whom were hospitalized.

The subject of the warrant is also dead, according to the FBI.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Schwartzenberger had been with the FBI since 2005, concentrating on crimes against children.

She was assigned to the Miami Field Office Innocent Images National Initiative, the Sun-Sentinel reports, which pursues criminals involved in the exploitation of children and “sextortion.”

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Laura Schwartzenberger, second from the right, carving pumpkins at John Neumann School on Oct. 30, 1986 in Pueblo. Schwartzenberger was one of two FBI agents killed in the line of duty in Florida on Tuesday.

FBI Director Christopher Wray issued a statement Tuesday following the shooting.

“Tragically, the FBI lost two of our own today,” Wray said.

“Every day, FBI special agents put themselves in harm’s way to keep the American people safe. Special Agent Alfin and Special Agent Schwartzenberger exemplified heroism today in defense of their country.

“The FBI will always honor their ultimate sacrifice and will be forever grateful for their bravery. We continue to stand by our FBI Family, and the families of these special agents, in the days to come, bringing every resource we can to get through this together.”

Chieftain reporter Zach Hillstrom can be reached at zhillstrom@chieftain.com or on Twitter @ZachHillstrom