This is a damn shame. MOST cops are good cops!
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While investigating a tip late last year about a man suspected of possessing child sexual abuse imagery, deputies from the sheriff’s office in Walton County, Fla., worried that executing a search warrant might be dangerous: The man lived in an isolated area, kept strange hours and was thought to have a secret bunker.
So they showed up at 3 a.m. on a Wednesday in December with a SWAT team. When the man opened his front door, he greeted the deputies armed with a shotgun. Though no shots were fired, deputies found an underground repository hidden under a trap door in the shed.
F.B.I. agents executing a similar warrant on Tuesday in a sprawling apartment complex in Broward County, nearly 600 miles south, faced a much more violent scenario. A suspect that officials identified on Wednesday as David L. Huber, 55, who was under investigation in a case involving violent crimes against children, fatally shot two F.B.I. agents, the bureau said.
“You can be prepared and equipped and do everything right — and things can go horribly wrong,” Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson Jr. of Walton County said.
Tuesday’s fatal shooting has left the nation’s tight-knit law enforcement community reeling as officials continued to examine evidence on the scene to understand how the F.B.I.’s case in Broward County turned into a deadly gunfight.
The shooting broke out before dawn when a group of F.B.I. agents was executing a search warrant at Mr. Huber’s apartment in Sunrise, Fla., northwest of Fort Lauderdale. The suspect opened fire on members of the search team, federal officials said, and Mr. Huber was later found inside the apartment in an apparent suicide.
The shooting killed Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger and injured three other agents, all of whom had been released from the hospital as of Wednesday evening.
Experts said it was uncommon to see suspects attack law enforcement during child sexual exploitation arrests; police officers are usually more worried about the suspects killing themselves or destroying evidence. Still, investigators said they often found weapons on the property, meaning the threat of violence was always present.
“Every time my team approaches the house, I hold my breath, because you just don’t know,” said Sgt. Jeff Swanson, the commander of an internet crimes against children task force in Kansas.
Mr. Huber had worked as recently as April 2020 as a temporary technology contractor for Florida Blue, an affiliate insurance company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He had previously worked as a temporary systems engineer with Modis, an employment agency, according to a financial statement he submitted in court when his wife filed for divorce in March 2016, in which he said he made $80,000 in 2015.
Mr. Huber’s ex-wife lives in a gated community of two-story houses with Spanish-tiled roofs and palm-tree-lined streets in Pembroke Pines. She could not be reached for comment on Tuesday or Wednesday. A police cruiser was parked near one of the community’s entrances.
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