DEA agent killed, another injured along with Tucson police officer in shooting at Amtrak station

One suspect was killed in shooting with multiple law enforcement agencies
Several law enforcement agencies were in downtown Tucson early Monday, Oct. 4, due to a very...
Several law enforcement agencies were in downtown Tucson early Monday, Oct. 4, due to a very active scene.(KOLD News 13)
Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 1:22 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 6:57 PM CDT
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD/Gray News) - One DEA agent was killed while another was injured along with a Tucson Police officer in a shooting at the Amtrak train station in the downtown area early Monday, Oct. 4.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said the shooting suspect was found dead on the train and a second suspect was taken into custody.

Magnus said it started around 8 a.m. when the Counter Narcotics Alliance boarded the train to do a routine check for money, drugs and firearms.

He said the CNA made contact with two individuals on the second level of the double-decker train. One suspect was taken into custody while the second, a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, pulled out a handgun and started shooting.

Magnus said a DEA agent was shot and died. A second agent was also shot and was taken to the hospital by TPD officers. That agent is in critical condition at Banner UMC.

“Tragically, this morning, two DEA special agents and a DEA task force officer from the Tucson Police Department were shot during a law enforcement operation in Tucson,” said Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix division Cheri Oz. “We at the DEA are heartbroken by today’s events and ask that you keep the families of the agents and task force officer in your thoughts and prayers.”

A TPD officer was also injured in the shooting after rushing to the train to help when he heard the shots. Magnus said the officer is in stable condition and is expected to survive.

The suspect was later found dead after barricading himself in a bathroom on the train. Magnus did not know if the suspect was shot by agents or if he took his own life.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero ordered flags at all city facilities to be lowered to half-staff for the agents and officer.

Gov. Doug Ducey also said in statement later that day he sent his condolences to the loved ones and colleagues of the agent who was killed and sent his prayers to the loved ones and colleagues of the two officers who were shot.

An eyewitness told KOLD News 13 that two men approached another man on the train and said they wanted to talk to him. All three got off the train and that is when shots were fired.

According to the Associated Press, the train was traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans and arrived in Tucson at 7:40 a.m.

The train, Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle Train 2/422, is being held in Tucson for the investigation. It was supposed to leave for Benson and Del Rio, Texas. Amtrak said riders can 1-800-USA-RAIL for assistance.

None of the train’s passengers or staff were injured.

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