A DEA died, one was injured, and a Tuscon officer was hurt while conducting a routine check on a stopped Amtrak train.
On October 4, around 7:40 a.m., an Amtrak train going from Los Angeles to New Orleans stopped at the downtown Tuscon station. While the train was stopped, the Counter Narcotics Alliance Task Force got onto the train to do a regular inspection for illegal drugs, guns, and money.
Chief Magnus said in a press conference that the officers “ultimately made contact with two individuals.” The individuals were on the top level of one of the cars.
One of them, a Hispanic male between the ages of 20-30, grabbed “a handgun and opened fire on the officers.” A Tuscon Police Department K9 handler was on the platform waiting when the shots were fired.
He and his K9 “ran directly into the dangerous situation to be whatever possible help he could.” Chief Magnus said that when the TPD officer “entered into the train, he was also shot.”
Locating the Suspects
After the suspect and officer fired rounds back and forth, the suspect locked himself in a lower-level bathroom. He was found deceased by the officers, while the second is in police custody.
The injured officers were taken to the hospital. Magnus commended the officers for their “heroic actions.” He also said that because of their brave actions, no civilians were injured.
“I just think it’s kind of incredible here that there weren’t other people who were hurt even though we’re so saddened by the loss of the officer.”Chief Magnus
He also gave an update on the TPD officer, saying he was stable and still at the hospital. However, Magnus did not reveal the officer nor the DEA agent’s identities.
Eye Witness Accounts
Eyewitnesses said that they saw two men walk up to a third man and ask to talk to him. They all were going to exit the train. Then the gunfire began.
The whole thing was caught on Virtual Railfan’s live streaming cameras. As you watch the video, you can hear the shots, and then you can see the K9 officer and his partner walk to the door with his gun out.
He gets out, abruptly takes off, and runs as the suspect fires at him on the platform. According to Amtrak, the train had 137 passengers plus 11 crew members. No one was injured.