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New details in Tucson Amtrak shooting; slain DEA agent ID'd

Tucson police responded to an active shooter scene at a Tucson Amtrak station at 500 N. Toole Ave. Monday.
Posted at 1:49 PM, Oct 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-07 12:59:19-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — New details are emerging about the Drug Enforcement Agency officer who was killed in Monday's Amtrak station shooting in Tucson, as well as what happened on the train

The DEA identified the special agent who died as Group Supervisor Mike Garbo, who worked for the DEA for 16 years.

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The DEA Administrator said, in part, that Garbo's "operational expertise, mentorship and leadership were legendary in the Tucson community," and, "Above all else, he was a devoted and loving father and husband."

DEA Group Supervisor Mike Garbo
DEA Group Supervisor Mike Garbo

A criminal complaint filed in federal court paints a clearer picture of what happened on that train and at the station Monday.

It identifies one of the suspects as Devonte Okeith Mathis. He and another man — identified by initials DT — were passengers on the train traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans.

DEA agents had a list of names on the train arriving in Tucson including those two men.

Officers searched bags that the men had denied belonged to them — inside were packages of bulk marijuana. Garbo and one of the other agents got back on the train to talk to DT, who fired at the agents. That’s when Garbo was shot and killed.

DT was shot and killed after additional officers responded, the criminal complaint says. Later, a search warrant discovered more than two kilograms of raw marijuana in Mathis’s bags.

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