Filed Under:  ICE, Immigration, Los Angeles

3 agents injured in Northern Calif. shooting

May 4th 2012   ·   2 Comments

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) – Three Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were shot and injured Thursday while serving “high-risk” warrants during an early morning sweep of San Francisco Bay area gang members, authorities said.

The agents suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot with an assault rifle and were hospitalized in stable condition following the incident in Petaluma that was in connection with the investigation of a 2010 gang-related triple homicide in South San Francisco.

“We owe them a debt of gratitude,” U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said at a Thursday news conference in nearby South San Francisco. “My office is proud to be associated with professionals who put their lives on the line to protect others.”

Thirteen men were arrested – many members of the 500 Block/C Street gang – during Thursday’s sweep that also included two other cities. They are among 19 who were indicted last week on charges including racketeering and murder.

Four of the men charged with murder in the triple homicide could potentially face the death penalty, if convicted. Fifteen of the 19 are expected to make their first appearance in Federal court on Friday.

“This indictment and the related arrests serve as a warning to local gangs about the consequences of using violence and fear to maintain control of their so-called turf,” Clark Settles, Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security in San Francisco, said Thursday.

During Thursday’s early morning raid in Petaluma, several witnesses reported hearing gunshots and loud sounds around 4 a.m. as one of the agents shot was airlifted from the scene.

Caroline Uland, who lives nearby, told the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that she was awakened by an explosive sound.

“It was kind of frightening,” she said.

Bob Everhart, the manager of a nearby Best Western Hotel, told the newspaper that he heard multiple gunshots, some yelling and then a second round of gunfire.

When he went out to investigate, he was ordered to go back in.

“The neighborhood was on lockdown at that point,” Everhart said.

A police officer told Everhart around 6 a.m. that guests could eventually leave their rooms to get breakfast.

Joseph Sullivan, who lives in the area, said that an unidentified man, a woman and two children under the age of 12 lived at the house where the raid occurred.

Several other neighbors also said cars came to and from the house frequently, sometimes double-parking in the street.

“To be honest, I thought they were selling weed out of the house, but obviously something more crazy was going on,” Sullivan said.

Dozens of officers – some in SWAT gear – swarmed the area early Thursday centered on the probe of a December 2010 drive-by fatal shootings in South San Francisco.

Gonzalo Avalos, 19, Omar Cortez, 18 and Hector Flores, 20 – who police said were alleged gang members – were gunned down while walking with a group after four men riding in a brown Chevrolet Impala with tinted windows drove up and opened fire.

Three others were also wounded in the 2010 shootings. South San Francisco Police Lt. Alan Normandy said Thursday that the triple murder investigation subsequently expanded to include other agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Related Posts:

Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

By

Readers Comments (2)

  1. So much for California’s tyrannical gun control schemes!





Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

What is 12 + 7 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

BEWARE

There may be graphic photographs that accompany some articles in the body of this report. It is not our intention to sensationalize. We include these photos in order to give to you, the American public, a clearer understanding of the seriousness of the situation we are in.

Polls

Why do you think the drug cartels are more violent in Mexico than the U.S.A.

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
Loading

Facebook



Opinions expressed by contributing writers are expressly their own and may or may not represent the opinions of The US Open Borders usopenborders.com, its editorial staff, board or organization. Reprint inquiries should be directed to the author of the article. Contact the editor for a link request to The US Open Borders. The US Open Borders is not affiliated with any mainstream media organizations. The US Open Borders is not supported by any political organization. The US Open Borders is a non-profit, non-partisan research and educational initiative. Responsibility for the accuracy of cited content is expressly that of the contributing author. All original content offered by The US Open Borders is copyrighted. US Open Borders goal is the liberation of the American voter from partisan politics and special interests in government through the primary-source, fact-based education of the American people.

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance a more in-depth understanding of critical issues facing the world. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 USC Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to:http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.