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DEA agent killed, another critically injured in Amtrak shooting

TPD officer also injured
Posted: 8:51 AM, Oct 04, 2021
Updated: 2021-10-05 09:31:26-04
Evan Courtney captured this image at the scene of the shooting.
KGUN9 is bringing you the latest news about an active shooter on an Amtrak train and depot Monday.
Tucson police responded to an active shooter scene at a Tucson Amtrak station at 500 N. Toole Ave. Monday.
Tucson police responded to an active shooter scene at a Tucson Amtrak station at 500 N. Toole Ave. Monday.

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — KGUN 9 is bringing you the latest news about an active shooter on an Amtrak train and depot Monday.

7:20 p.m.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued the following statement regarding the shooting incident in Tucson:

“This past week has been a reminder for all of us at the Department of Justice of the risks our deputies, agents and local law enforcement partners confront each day.

“I’m deeply saddened by the shooting this morning in Tucson, Arizona, that killed a DEA special agent and injured another DEA agent and a task force officer from the Tucson Police Department.

“We also learned of the tragic passing of Deputy U.S. Marshal and Senior Inspector Jared Keyworth, who, on Friday, succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while assisting with a law enforcement operation late last month.

“We are grateful for the courage and selfless sacrifice of these heroes, and I join the entire Justice Department in conveying our support and deepest sympathies to their families.”

5:17 p.m.

Sun Tran says the Ronstadt Transit Center has reopened; however, passengers may experience some delays this evening.

4:40 p.m.

Below is video of an officer procession earlier this afternoon, as the DEA agent who was shot and killed in Tucson at the Amtrak Train Station was brought to the medical examiner's office.

Officer procession for DEA agent shot and killed in Tucson

4:22 p.m.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today released a statement via Twitter following the Amtrak shooting in Tucson:

4:04 p.m.

The DEA today released a statement via Twitter following the Amtrak shooting in Tucson:

3:15 p.m.

Tucson Police say roads are closed in the downtown area. Broadway into downtown is shut down, and it will be shut down for an extended time frame. Drivers in the area are to avoid the downtown area.

2:36 p.m.

1:17 p.m.

A DEA agent was killed in Monday's shooting. Another DEA officer was seriously injured.

According to TPD Chief Chris Magnus, the regional Counter Narcotics Alliance was conducting a routine interdiction check.

Officers detained one person on the second level of the double-decker car, and another opened fire on the officers.

A TPD officer heard the shots and ran into the conflict and was shot. He was injured and is in stable condition.

The suspect who was firing at officers barricaded himself into a bathroom. That suspect died.

The injured DEA officer was evacuated from the train and taken to the back of the patrol car. He is hospitalized at Banner University Medical Center.

The other officers were taken by ambulance to Banner as well.

No passengers or bystanders were harmed.

Mayor Regina Romero released this statement:

“The shooting that took place this morning at our downtown train station was an absolutely shocking act of violence. I ask all Tucsonans to join me in praying for the deceased DEA officer and for the swift recovery of the law enforcement officers who were injured. I am ordering flags at all city facilities to half staff to honor the courageous actions of the deceased and the injured.”

“My deepest sympathies go out to our federal partners at the Drug Enforcement Administration, who work side by side with our TPD officers on a daily basis to keep our community safe. I want to thank the Tucson Police Department, including our SWAT team, who immediately responded and secured the scene.”

12:48 p.m.

According to Sun Tran, downtown bus routes are not able to service the Ronstadt Transit Center. For customer service, riders should call customer service for assistance planning your trip: (520) 792-9222.

12:39 p.m.

Tucson police will hold a press conference at Banner University Medical Center at 1 p.m.

12:17 p.m.

The Associated Press reports one person is in custody and that passengers huddled as they heard gunshots:

Police say one person is in custody after someone opened fire aboard an Amtrak train in Tucson, Arizona. The shooting happened Monday just after 8 a.m. on a train parked at the station in the city’s downtown.

Authorities say there is no more threat. An Amtrak spokesman said there are no reported injuries to the crew or passengers. Passengers say after hearing shots had been fired, they huddled together before police told them to flee. Dramatic video taken from a camera at a nearby museum shows shots being fired, sending an officer and a police canine running for cover.

The Sunset Limited train was traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans, and arrived at the Tucson station at 7:40 am. There were 137 passengers and 11 crew members. All have been evacuated to the station.

11:13 a.m.

Evan Courtney captured this image at the scene of the shooting.

10:23 a.m.

Tucson police have secured the scene. TPD will provide an update at the main station downtown later today.

10:11 a.m.

Amtrak said a shooting happened onboard Amtrak's Sunset Limited train in Tucson.

"The Sunset Limited, Train 2, was traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans, and arrived at the Tucson station at 7:40 am local time," Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams told KGUN9 via email. "There are 137 passengers and 11 crew members, with all passengers and crew now evacuated to the station. There are no reported injuries to the crew or passengers."

9:56 a.m.

KGUN9 has confirmed that at least one person was shot.

9:52 a.m.

Tucson police responded to an active shooter scene at a Tucson Amtrak station at 500 N. Toole Ave. Monday.

Police were on scene around 8 a.m. Passengers were escorted from the train and there were multiple gunshots fired.

Officers with K9 units boarded the train during the investigation.

The situation was captured on the Virtual Railfan Southern Arizona Transportation Museum webcam.

Webcam capture of Amtrak live shooter situation

Police asked people to avoid the area during the investigation.

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