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Investigation: Homeland Security Missed Clear Warning Signs Before ICE Agent Shot Supervisor

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security missed clear warning signs of an ICE agent’s tendency to be violent before he opened fire on a supervisor and then was fatally shot in February 2012, the Associated Press reports, citing an internal investigation.

Ezequiel Garcia, 45, briefly had his gun and badge revoked by Homeland Security, which returned the weapon after a cursory review.

Before the shooting inside the Long Beach offices of Homeland Security Investigations, a supervisor objected to the agency from returning gun because of concerns over Garcia’s violent tendencies.

Garcia shot the regional second-in-command, Kevin Kozak, who suffered serious injuries.

Another supervisor shot and killed Garcia.

“The review revealed missed opportunities for intervention that, had they been pursued, may have prevented the tragic result,” the report said. Still, the report said “no reasonable person could have predicted” the shooting.

Woo and Rocha declined to speak to the AP through a government spokesman.

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Things Seemed Normal, But Calif. ICE Agent Never Came Home

By Victoria Kim and Paloma Esquivel
Los Angeles Times

Ezequiel Garcia, a longtime federal immigration agent, had told his wife of problems at work.

But when she called him at the office Thursday, everything seemed normal. They talked about having Korean barbecue for dinner. Before he could go home, however, he had to meet with a high-ranking supervisor about his job performance.

The exchange grew heated, and Garcia did the unthinkable: He turned his weapon on a fellow agent. He fired at least six shots at the supervisor before another quick-acting agent intervened and shot him dead.

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