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FBI HRT Operators Killed In Training Accident

May 19, 2013  | 

Two members of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) died Friday during a training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach, the agency announced.

Special agents Christopher Lorek, 41, and Stephen Shaw, 40, had served the FBI for 17 years and eight years respectively. The HRT is part of the FBI's Critical Response Group and is based in Quantico, Va.

"We mourn the loss of two brave and courageous men," FBI Director Robert Mueller said in a statement. "Like all who serve on the Hostage Rescue Team, they accept the highest risk each and every day, when training and on operational missions, to keep our nation safe."

The agents were using a ship the FBI had leased from the Navy's Military Sealift Command during the training. The medical examiner's office said Monday it could be months before he can determine cause of death, reports the Virginian-Pilot.

Lorek leaves behind a wife and two daughters. Shaw leaves behind a wife, daughter, and son.

Tags: FBI, Duty Deaths, SWAT Training


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Dennis Wiggins @ 5/20/2013 3:58 AM

Terrible, sad news! Prayers, sympathies, and condolences to the families! I pray that God will give you strength during this most devastating time. Rest in Peace, Agents Lorek and Shaw. Your day is done, and done well!

Bill @ 5/20/2013 3:10 PM

I'm not understanding this. They were killed in a training exercise involving the use of a boat, but it will take MONTHS to determine the cause of death???

Morning Eagle @ 5/20/2013 3:51 PM

Their deaths are certainly regretful. But what kind of training accident could possibly take months to determine cause of death? Something just doesn't look right about that.

Bob@Az. @ 5/20/2013 4:04 PM

Bill & Morning Eagle: I think you are correct. We lost two souls and the ME says it will be months? Why? I know it's a waste of time anymore to expect answers to be forthcoming but this stinks. Are their families going to have to wait "months" to put these brave men to rest? Of course we could ask the DOJ to look into it but we already know that answer. Blues, Please be safe. We've lost too many this year.

AusFost1 @ 5/20/2013 4:37 PM

From reading some news reports, looks like MAYBE (maybe- not verified, don't take my word for it!) one agent might have gone into a space that was full of poison fumes in this ship, then the next saw him down, went in to help and was affected too. Looks like they're doing toxicology analysis. Thoughts and prayers with the families. I am very sorry for your loss.

pcb @ 5/20/2013 9:20 PM

With the lack of information in makes it sound like "a coverup in the process....."

My condolenses to the families.

Troop @ 5/21/2013 12:06 AM

I have worked with HRT in conjunction with our state swat team. These guys are a top tier outfit, many are former spec ops operators. My condolences to the families

Jim A @ 5/21/2013 12:21 AM

More likely it is going to be several months before they RELEASE the official cause of death. This sounds to be much more complicated than just an accidently shooting or a fall that we normally hear about.

And if the rumored story is true, then the second officer gave his life for the first. It makes them both heros. And we need every one of those super-heros we can find! It is a terrible loss.

Trigger @ 5/21/2013 6:37 AM

Brothers Lorek and Shaw, may the Good Lord hold you both close. Thank you for your service.

TERRY F. ZECH @ 5/21/2013 10:15 AM

My sincere condolences to your families and to the FBI who lost two outstanding members.

Trigger @ 5/22/2013 7:11 AM

Latest information was they fell from a helicopter, apparently the chopper was having some problems. These agents fell to the death into the water.

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