Under attack: Shooting on Amtrak train leaves DEA agent and suspect dead, two more officers wounded

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TUCSON, AZ – A shooting incident that happened aboard an Amtrak train in Tucson earlier in October resulted in a DEA agent being killed. Authorities say that the suspect involved in the shooting was also fatally shot during the incident.

According to Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, the incident started at approximately 8:00 a.m. on October 4th while DEA agents and Tucson Police officers boarded the train car to conduct a routine inspection for any contraband like illegal drugs, weapons, and the sort.

Chief Magnus stressed that such inspections are a standard practice at all transit hubs.

While officers were in the middle of detaining a man on the upper-level of the double-decker train car, a second man reportedly produced a firearm and started shooting at officers.

Authorities say that the suspect exchanged several rounds of gunfire with officers before barricading himself in a bathroom on the cabin’s lower level.

Officials say that the suspect was later found dead inside of the bathroom he’d barricaded himself in. It’s unclear as of this writing how the alleged gunman died while barricaded.

As for the other suspect that police were in the process of detaining before the gunfire erupted, he has since been arrested. It’s unclear what charges the individual in custody is facing and what relationship he had with the suspect who opened fire on authorities.

During the incident, one DEA agent was killed, while another agent and a Tucson Police officer were injured. Reports indicate that the wounded DEA agent is in critical condition. As for the Tucson Police officer, officials say the officer is in stable condition.

Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams stated that none of the 137 passengers and 11 crew members were harmed during the gunfire.

Chief Magnus noted that the shooting was “horrific” but that he was proud of how bravely agents and officers responded:

“It’s very horrific and we’re all just coming to terms with just how terrible a loss this is. But I also want to reflect on the really heroic actions of the officers at the scene. They literally ran towards the danger, into the car, where there was an active shooting situation going on.”

The identity of the deceased agent and the others injured have not been released by officials, nor have the names of any of the suspects been released either.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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Arizona man charged with murdering four people found dead in a Wisconsin cornfield

(Originally published September 23rd, 2021)

ST PAUL, MN – A 38-year-old man from Scottsdale, Arizona, has been charged in connection with four murders that occurred in St. Paul, Minnesota, earlier in September. Authorities say that the bodies of all four victims were found in an abandoned SUV in a Wisconsin cornfield.

Very little has been revealed by authorities about what exactly led to the murders of 30-year-old Nitosha Flug-Presley, 35-year-old Loyace Foreman III, 26-year-old Matthew Pettus, and 30-year-old Jasmine Sturm – but a man from Arizona, identified as 38-year-old Antoine Suggs has been arrested in connection with the killings.

According to the criminal complaint against Suggs, witnesses alleged that victim Flug-Presley and a man they believed to be Suggs were seen together at the White Squirrel bar in St. Paul on the evening of September 11th transitioning to the morning of September 12th.

Roughly a block away from the White Squirrel bar is Shamrocks Grill and Pub, where victims Foreman, Pettus, and Sturm were.

They headed to the White Squirrel bar to meet up with Flug-Presley at approximately 1:00 a.m. on September 12th.

One witness later said they’d seen three of the known victims, Flug-Presley, Sturm and Pettus, getting into the back of an SUV at approximately 2:00 a.m. within an unknown man. Authorities say that no one had any contact with the victims at that point onward.

Officials believe that Suggs may have killed the four victims on West Seventh Street in St. Paul between 3:30 a.m. and 3:48 a.m.

Cellphone records note that Suggs called his father, Darren Osborne, approximately one hour after the alleged murders. Three hours after the call to his father, a security video near St. Paul showed a Mercedes-Benz SUV being closely followed by a Nissan Rogue, which was subsequently identified as Suggs’ mother’s car.

The Mercedes-Benz and Nissan were later spotted at a gas station in St. Paul more than two hours later after the aforementioned surveillance footage.

Surveillance video reportedly shows Flug-Presley “slumped over” in the front passenger seat of the SUV, which is how she was discovered in the SUV near Sheridan Township, Wisconsin, according to police.

Because Suggs was not wearing a mask, police were able to identify him on security footage from the gas station.

The same two vehicles were also reportedly spotted driving up together at a gas station 10 miles from where the bodies were discovered in Wisconsin, police say.

In obtained security footage, Osborne is reportedly seen walking inside a shop to purchase some items. Later, near where the Mercedes-Benz was parked, investigators discovered apparent blood traces on the ground.

When police later located the vehicle and bodies of the four victims, they noted that there were six shell casings inside of the vehicle and also Sugg’s Arizona ID that was covered in blood.

When police first caught up with Osbourne, who was the first to be arrested in connection with the case, he told investigators that his son abruptly showed up 5:00 a.m. on September 12th with his mother in tow and urged his parents to “get along with each other” and asked his parents to please watch after his children.

Suggs’ mother then left, leaving the murder suspect and his father Osborne to themselves. Osborne told police that his son asked him to follow him in his mother’s car – later revealing to Osbourne that he “had snapped and shot a couple people.”

Osborne reportedly admitted to police that he went with his son to drop off the SUV containing the victims’ bodies in Wisconsin, noting that he did not know the victims personally.

Osborne has since been charged with four counts of hiding a corpse with intent to conceal a crime and is being held in the Ramsey County Jail.

Suggs reportedly turned himself into authorities in Arizona on September 17th and has since been charged with four counts of second-degree murder. He’s currently awaiting extradition back to Minnesota.

If convicted, Suggs could face up to 160 years in prison.

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Smugglers in Tucson caught using “cloned” Border Patrol vehicle, law enforcement uniforms

(Originally published August 26th, 2021)

TUCSON, AZ – According to a recent post from the U.S Border Patrol Tucson Sector’s Facebook page, local agents thwarted a human smuggling attempt earlier in August where the suspect was using a “cloned” Border Patrol vehicle in their scheme.

And the vehicle used by the smuggling suspects would look easily convincing to the untrained eye.

In the business of smuggling across the border – whether human or narcotics – traffickers are always working to figure out how to avoid detection and arrest, but this bust in August is certainly one audacious effort by smugglers.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol posted the following caption along with an image of the fake Border Patrol Chevy Tahoe used in a smuggling effort:

“This is not a Border Patrol vehicle. Homeland Security Investigations (Sells Office) and [Border Patrol] agents from [Tucson] Station foiled a smuggling attempt using a cloned vehicle and a fake uniform. The driver and 10 migrants were taken into custody.”

To get an understanding of what a standard Border Patrol Chevy Tahoe looks like, with decals and all, here’s an image of an official one.

Image of genuine Border Patrol Chevy Tahoe - YouTube screenshot (courtesy of CBN News)
Image of genuine Border Patrol Chevy Tahoe – YouTube screenshot (courtesy of CBN News)

Clearly, the lengths gone to in order to mimic a Border Patrol vehicle is of grave concern – not to mention, the fact that authorities say the suspects were also adorning mock-up Border Patrol uniforms as well.

A similar arrest happened back in December of 2015 in Laredo, Texas, where Border Patrol agents arrested an individual attempting to smuggle illegal immigrants with another cloned Border Patrol Tahoe.

Following that December 2015 arrest and seizure of the cloned vehicle, then-Laredo Sector Chief Mario Martinez stated:

“As we continue to monitor security along the border and in adjacent communities, smugglers have resorted to desperate measures to conduct their illicit business.

The training, attention to detail and vigilance of our Border Patrol agents halted this human smuggling attempt.  We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe.”

Image of cloned Border Patrol Tahoe in Laredo, TX from 2015 - courtesy of US Border Patrol
Image of cloned Border Patrol Tahoe in Laredo, TX from 2015 – courtesy of US Border Patrol

Based upon the recent arrest and seized vehicle in Tucson this August, it seems those “desperate measures” Martinez mentioned back in 2015 are still in effect – and the attention to detail in cloning these government vehicles is becoming more proficient.

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