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ICE Shooting Occurred During Performance Review

February 18, 2012  | 

The federal immigration agent who shot his supervisor on Thursday was discussing his job performance in a meeting when the shooting occurred.

Ezequiel Garcia, 45, who supervised a document and benefit fraud task force, allegedly shot Deputy Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kozak, 51, in the upper torso, legs and hands before being shot and killed by another immigration official.

After Garcia shot Kozak, there was a "very intense struggle" over the gun between Garcia and the third agent, an ICE spokeswoman told the Associated Press, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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bpd3733 @ 2/20/2012 10:24 PM

I guess the psych eval missed that one during the hiring process.

Jack @ 2/21/2012 4:01 AM

It's a bit odd to see one of the tags as "Friendly Fire"...

Frank @ 2/21/2012 4:37 AM

What a shame! Hope the Supervisor is doing well. Strange way to react from a Performance Eval. This is probably not his first bad Eval.

Future Performance Evals will be done w/o firearms present!

Rick @ 2/21/2012 6:25 AM

At least he scored high on his shooting skills..

GD @ 2/21/2012 6:40 AM

If he was getting bad eval's, why was he supervising that task force?

Bob Springfield @ 2/21/2012 7:38 AM

Don't you think this individual may have been showing other signs of stress prior to the shooting that management did not pickup on! I doubt if this was a sudden over reaction without some previous eccentric behavior. In the LEO community I have seen where management will avoid a situation regarding a troubled employee because "we don't want to set him/her off" and make then think their crazy. It's not a matter of making someone think their crazy or passing judgement, it's a matter of looking out for one another.

RETFEDED @ 2/21/2012 8:02 AM

In the late 1990's during an Employe Assistance Program (EAP) seminar we brought up the issue of a supervisor who we felt was not stable. The EAP counselor giving the class told us the supervisor could refer us to counseling, but we could not refer the supervisor to counseling. This would have to be done by his supervisor, the ASAC and that we would have to go to our ASAC and around our supervisor to get this done (a real career enhancing move). We then asked for the counselors full name so we could reference this meeting if the supervisor went off (fortunately he never did). After that meeting we never had another EAP training session for the next 5 years I was in that office. I would bet the farm that there were warning signs, but management choose to ignore them. THe managers of most agencies find it hard to believe they promoted someone into management who should not be there because it brings into question their individual judgement in making promotions.

Eric @ 2/21/2012 8:05 AM

One of the other articles indicated that the shooter was having marital problems and appeared headed for divorce.

Michael @ 2/21/2012 9:34 AM

let's keep the Mexicans out of our Military all together.It is time to start racial profiling,whether it's politically correct or not.The Motto is GOD BLESS AMERICA whatever that takes,this is not the first of this type of incident.

Leonard Mather @ 2/21/2012 9:36 AM

I suspect that Garcia's evaluation recommended that he improve his shooting skills at the range. He then took a dim view of the jibe about accuracy and then chose to prove his skills by trying to kill the supervisor. The results show that the supervisor was eminently correct since Garcia could not accomplish this simple task at point blank range. Fortunately, his co-workers did an effective job in having Gardia retire early.

Dave @ 2/21/2012 10:59 AM

He didn't get the extra points at the range as he did for being a minority at the entrance exam.

John Painter @ 2/21/2012 11:31 AM

When did ICE become one of our military forces? I'm pretty sure you have to be an American citizen before you can join the military, or to get hired as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent. To Rick, Michael and Leonard's comments... Wow. Some cynicism is to be expected from the law enforcement community, but really? Maybe the guy showed some prior signs of stress, maybe he didn't. Just because an officer/agent is "troubled", or otherwise "stressed out" doesn't always mean he is about to go homicidal. Do you think if his supervisor thought that he was that unstable, he would have had that serious of a conversation with him while he was armed? Let's not try to shift the blame. Garcia shot his supervisor. He, and ONLY he was to blame. Nobody else. Monday morning quarterbacking, and blame-shifting seems to be the norm these days. Blameshifting and political correctness is ruining (or has ruined) this once-great country.

jason v @ 2/21/2012 11:47 AM

Its very saddining to see one officer shoot another regardless of the situation. But the reality is officers are human and will fold under stress and can react violently when over stressed. Officers need to look out for each other and help each other out as much as posible this was sensless violence that benifits nobody.

David Cook @ 2/21/2012 11:47 AM

These are the kind of Officers you get when the pay is so low that your children qualify for free lunches at the Public Schools. Knowone can live on a Police Officers salery alone. It takes two incomes or one heck of a lot of overtime just to pay for basic needs. It's a tough job when you must meet almost impossible requirments, college degrees and a perfect background investigation only to start out just barely above minimum wage. The good cops usually quit to go to the private sector where they can make twice the money and not worry about getting killed each day for $10.00 an hour, usually with no back up, crapy equipment or no equipment at all to do the job right. Get to know you local Oficers and write a lot of letters to up their salery so only the best people will get hired. If you want to know why a lot of officers are total jerks it's because they can't pay their bills at the end of the month, their burned out from working long hours and no sleep from working shifts that change every three months. That's no excuse for murdering your fellow co-workers but stress does things to people that they would not normally do.

R. G. Montgomery @ 2/21/2012 12:36 PM

There's more to the story, if no one suspected already. There seems to be 'history' between the supervisor and the subordinate.

The 'supervisor' seems to have a history of favoritism and prejudice.

Sorry, I cannot find the article, but one of the conservative blogs has some inside story - was in fact the first to name the 'second' agent who ended the fight.

This is sick and sad all around. What's even worse is that much of it will be covered the agency's lack of supervision and the Obama Administration's lack of direction in law enforcement.

DaveSAM25G @ 2/21/2012 3:53 PM

I don't care what nationality your are if I call for help or we are working as a team- that's where the rubber meets the road...Language and culture understanding is key to many ICE jobs just like working other invetigative and or interdiction issues. I see racism is alive and well and very misplaced stereotyping just as dangerous or worse...In all background investigations that are Disqualifying factors and Mitigating Factors...The key area that is missed today is the "continuing evaluations what we used to call Personnel Security Programs in the Military (PSP)' of personnel as personnel can change due to life circumstances, events, triggered by behavioral changes - why you have supervisors and Sgt's...etc...It is the denial of these that are most dangerous (indicators) ignored...One needs to look no further than Ft Hood, Wiki leaks, and others...The greatest SOP's or programs mean nothing when ignored or not followed...***Some behaviors are more subtle but their none-the-less! Action will always trump inaction! Treat others the way you wish to be treated…talk to people not at them!!! Safety and Security FIRST!!

maleman39 @ 2/21/2012 3:59 PM

A meeting for a performance eval is always a very tense situation, especially if there is an ongoing personality conflict between them. The boss probably told the shooter he was getting a bad eval for a reason the shooter thought was unfair, and his stress level was just too high to handle it. Another reason where the system requires that you spend most of your time politicking with higher-ups. Undoubtedly the boss misshandled the interview.

Chris @ 2/21/2012 5:19 PM

Not very observant are we??? The Supervisor was the shooter. Read it again.

DaveSAM25 @ 2/21/2012 7:26 PM

Chris (SAIC) = Special Agent In Charge; which means he was the supervisor of the person who shot him...Both were supervisor's one higher than the other! Supervisors get evaluated also!

greg @ 2/22/2012 12:13 AM

Mods-any way to proofread the comments from the trolls before they're posted? Some of this is nonsense that people post on here.

Random @ 3/4/2012 2:28 AM

Here is a logic question for sharpening your critical thinking skills. If to become part of a group a person has to take test. That test is determined there personality and ethics type. Only a person with a specific profile will be placed in the group. After years of using this test, a pattern emerges. This pattern includes a high divorce rate, suicide, spousal abuse, projectile weaponry against supervision, and social ostracism for those that report group members anti social behavior. What action should be taken? Is the test useful? If so, how is it useful?

To Random @ 3/4/2012 2:30 AM

Here is a logic question for sharpening your critical thinking skills. If to become part of a group a person has to take test. That test is determined there personality and ethics type. Only a person with a specific profile will be placed in the group. After years of using this test, a pattern emerges. This pattern includes a high divorce rate, suicide, spousal abuse, projectile weaponry against supervision, and social ostracism for those that report group members anti social behavior. What action should be taken? Is the test useful? If so, how is it useful?

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