An FBI field agent has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation after he shot and killed the hostage he was supposed to rescue. The authorities declared that the agent mistook the individual for a criminal, as the room he entered was dark.
FBI Field Agent Said Suspect Grabbed His Gun
According to Art Acevado of the Houston Police Department, an FBI field agent involved in a recent house raid shot and killed a hostage. The agent, whose name has not been disclosed pending the official investigation, and his colleagues were directed to a Houston house after the authorities learned that Ulises Valladares, a 47-year-old Houston resident, might be held there.
Upon reaching the premises, the FBI agents surrounded the building while the agent went around the back to try an access one of windows on the ground floor. According to the agent, the window that he tried breaching led to a dark room, making it nearly impossible to see anything or anyone inside.
With the help of a tool, the agent managed to break the window, but later admitted dropping the breaching tool inside and was forced to use his weapon in order to gain access inside the building.
Once inside the house, the FBI field agent recalled feeling someone grasping the barrel of his rifle and trying to take the weapon from his hands. Believing that it might be one of the suspects trying to disarm him, the FBI field agent shot him a couple of times.
Several minutes later, the kidnappers were taken into custody, but the FBI agents discovered that Ulises, the man they were supposed to rescue was lying unresponsive on the floor with fatal gun wounds. Pending the internal investigation, the FBI field agent has been placed on administrative leave.
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