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FBI: Shooting of ICE Agent Justified

March 15, 2013  | 

Photo via Alex E. Proimos/Flickr.
Photo via Alex E. Proimos/Flickr.

The FBI will not pursue charges against a federal immigration agent who fatally shot a co-worker in Southern California in early 2012, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The unidentified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shot Ezequiel Garcia on Feb. 16, after Garcia shot and wounded his supervisor, Kevin Kozak, during his performance review. Garcia opened fire after Kozak informed him a transfer request had been denied, reports the Associated Press.

Garcia was shot and killed by another agent at the Long Beach office.

Comments (7)

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Rod @ 3/18/2013 5:17 PM

WTF doesn't even come close to questioning this incident. It is truly important that supervisors are aware of the mental pressures of subordinates and consider having witnesses (for protection) during disciplinary meetings or when bad new is likely to be given. Home stressors can manifest themselves in violent and deadly ways.

Don @ 3/18/2013 6:26 PM

Ditto WTF!!!! It was justified shoot from the begining, no questions at all. I understand the need for an investigation, but to draw this out this long is unjustified. No matter how good a shoot is, until it is officially closed, the officer who fired sits on pins and needles. This is a disservice to an officer who not only had to stop the threat, but the threat from a fellow co-worker whom he probably dealt with daily.

Sgt. Mike @ 3/18/2013 8:24 PM

I agree this investigation seems to have taken an extraordinarily long time. However, we don't know why, it might be that some of the details of the case, like past disputes between the agents or other suspicious facts could have called for detailed scrutiny.

For all we know Garcia might have dropped his weapon after firing the shot and before being shot making his injuries/death unnecessary. without those details we can only speculate. I'm glad the case is closed and wish Kozak a full recovery.

Stay Safe

Sir. @ 3/18/2013 10:28 PM

Well, he didn't kill this time but he'll next time since he kind of got away.

Dan B @ 3/19/2013 6:48 AM

to Sir.: What the hell are you talking about? The first shooter is dead. He got away with nothing. The guy who shot him did kill him (justifiably so). He has to live with that fact for the rest of his life. So, again I say, What the hell are you talking about?!?

Dave @ 3/19/2013 7:20 AM

Dan B.; in minor defense of Sir, the initial story is written in a kind of confusing manner; I had to read it twice before I realized what they were trying to say...

Peanut @ 3/19/2013 3:53 PM

I would like to commend & Thank the Heroic Actions of the Ice Agent !!! Does anyone realize how many LIVES this agent possibly SAVED that were in the building that day ???

After gunshots were heard...A decision had to be made to either rush in to stop the damage & possibly lose your life or be cripped or simply...walk away...WHICH ONE WOULD YOU HAVE DONE ??? Instead this ICE Agent, risked HIS LIFE to save a fellow coworker...overpowering him (even though he was 50 pounds lighter) these agents are trained to make split decisions at a moments notice...we need to stand behind them with support, not question & doubt their decision !

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