Gunfire suddenly erupted inside an Amtrak passenger train with a dozen commuters in the car. A special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration was killed in the line of duty while a second agent and an officer with the Tucson PD were wounded. There is no such thing as a “routine” inspection for illegal contraband.
Gunfire and mayhem
Police won’t have to start a manhunt for this killer because the shooter was pronounced dead at the scene in Tucson, Arizona. The coward’s life ended in a bathroom, so he doesn’t have to face the consequences of his outrageous actions. It’s not clear if he died from wounds or shot himself.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus held a conference outside the hospital treating the officers. “It’s very horrific and we’re all just coming to terms with just how terrible a loss this is,” he laments, with nothing but praise for his troops for bravely advancing on active gunfire.
“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 Officer is listed in stable condition but the DEA agent remains “critical.” Names will not be released, authorities note.
Shortly after the train arrived at the downtown station just after 8:00 a.m. a “regional task force of DEA agents and Tucson police officers had boarded one of the cars to do a typical check for illegal money, weapons and drugs.” Chief Magnus calls it “a common occurrence at all transit hubs.”
This one didn’t go according to plan. There isn’t supposed to be gunfire. As law enforcement started to detain “a man on the upper level of the double-decker car,” a second man “pulled out a handgun and began firing.”
Barricaded in a bathroom
After exchanging “several rounds” of gunfire with the officers, the shooter “then barricaded himself in a bathroom on the lower level.” When they finally got the door open, they found him dead.
The other suspect peacefully allowed himself to be arrested and officials aren’t discussing any possible relationship between the two men. Charges are pending as well.
After the gunfire was over, Tucson PD rushed the injured DEA agent to the hospital “in the back of a patrol car.” The wounded police officer had “been on the platform when he heard the shooting. He was shot when he ran into the car to help.” He’ll probably get a commendation for that. He deserves it, too.
Chief Magnus is thankfully surprised the damage wasn’t a lot worse. “I just think it’s kind of incredible here there weren’t other people who were hurt, even though we’re completely so saddened by the loss of the officer.”
A spokesman for Amtrak, Jason Abrams “confirmed there were no reported injuries to the crew or passengers” as a result of the gunfire. There were “137 passengers and 11 crew members” on the The Sunset Limited, Train 2 bound for New Orleans from Los Angeles.
All of them were “evacuated to the station.” Security footage shows over about “20 minutes, officers can be seen arriving and heard talking about trying to get control of the scene.” Also, “a man can be seen running off the train with his hands up. many more shots can be heard.”