(TUCSON, Ariz.) – A Drug Enforcement Administration agent was killed and two other officers were injured in a shootout on an Amtrak train that was arrested in Tucson, Ariz., Authorities said.
Officers boarded the train Monday morning to do a routine check for illegal guns, money and drugs, after receiving a tip from Amtrak. Before boarding, they were given a list of the names of the passengers on board – two of whom were the suspects, Devonte Okeith Mathis and DT, according to a criminal complaint against Mathis.
Once on the train, officers encountered Mathis and DT on the second floor of the double-decker Amtrak car, Tucson police said.
The federal complaint filed Tuesday by FBI Special Agent David Neill says an agent spotted Mathis and DT sitting in the same row, but on either side of the aisle. The officer saw Mathis grab a blue backpack, a black drawstring bag, and a white plastic bag, and pull them three or four rows away before returning to his seat. The officer asked Mathis if the bags were his, which he denied, according to the complaint. The officer then removed the bags from the train to inspect them and found what he believed to be two packages of loose marijuana.
The complaint states that officers then spoke to DT outside the train and “proceeded to a consensual K-0 sniff of several bags on the platform” of the Amtrak station, but at one point DT came back up in the air. the train. After officers located the loose marijuana in the bags, they attempted to contact DT on the upper level of the train. While trying to contact DT, DEA group supervisor Michael Garbo was shot and killed, according to the complaint. Another officer and an officer were injured and taken to hospital.
“Immediately after the shots, the police arrested Mathis,” says the complaint. “Other law enforcement officers, including the TDP, responded to the scene, and DT was later shot dead after firing a gun at other officers.”
Garbo joined the DEA in 2005 and “served honorably for over 16 years as a special agent and group supervisor in the fight against drug traffickers in the Nogales corridor in Kabul, Afghanistan,” the administrator said. DEA Anne Milgram in a press release.
“The operational expertise, mentorship and leadership of Group Supervisor Garbo was legendary in the Tucson community,” said Milgram. “Throughout the DEA, Group Supervisor Garbo was universally loved and respected for his leadership and for his relentless passion to protect the safety of the American people. Above all, he was a devoted and loving father and husband. DEA cries out mourning. the loss of our beloved colleague. “
Another DEA special agent who suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the incident is in stable condition, the DEA said on Tuesday.
A Tucson police officer on the platform heard the gunshots and ran into the train, in which case he was shot, police said. The officer is also in stable condition, police said.
A search warrant for the various bags taken from the suspects revealed 2.39 kilograms of raw marijuana, 50 packets of Gooberz (edibles made from marijuana) and other marijuana and cannabis products.
“The FBI has reviewed CCTV, body camera images, and spoke to agents and TFOs from the DEA and the Tucson Police Department,” the complaint said.
There were no reports of injuries to the 137 passengers or 11 crew members, Amtrak said.
The train was en route from Los Angeles to New Orleans and arrived in Tucson at 7:40 a.m. local time, Amtrak said.
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