The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent killed in an Amtrak prepare capturing in Arizona on Monday has been recognized as a former Nashville, Tennessee, police officer, in accordance with studies.

The agent, Michael “Mike” Garbo, was killed after gunfire erupted on the New Orleans-bound Amtrak prepare — as a job pressure composed of native and federal regulation enforcement businesses was conducting a routine examine for unlawful weapons, medicine, cash, and different objects round 8 a.m. at a station in downtown Tucson.

Garbo labored for the Metro Nashville Police Department from 1993 to 2005 earlier than becoming a member of the DEA, the place he served as a bunch supervisor, FOX 17 Nashville reported. 


A Tucson Police Department SWAT truck is parked near the last two cars of an Amtrak train in Tucson, Arizona, Monday after a shooting left DEA agent Michael "Mike" Garbo dead (Associated Press, DEA)

A Tucson Police Department SWAT truck is parked close to the final two vehicles of an Amtrak prepare in Tucson, Arizona, Monday after a capturing left DEA agent Michael “Mike” Garbo lifeless (Associated Press, DEA)

In a press release, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram mentioned Garbo was liked and revered all through the company “for his leadership and for his unrelenting passion to protect the safety of the American people.”

“Above all else, he was a devoted and loving father and husband,” she added. 

Authorities had encountered two folks on the second stage of the double-decker prepare and had been chatting with one in every of them when the second individual opened fireplace, Tucson police Chief Chris Magnus informed reporters. 

The suspected shooter then barricaded himself inside a prepare rest room, Magnus mentioned, in accordance with FOX 17. Authorities later decided that the suspect was lifeless, although Magnus didn’t know whether or not brokers shot him or if he took his personal life. 

Others hospitalized

A second agent and a Tucson police officer had been additionally shot a number of occasions they usually remained in secure situation Tuesday, the DEA mentioned. Authorities haven’t launched their identities.

The inspection adopted suggestions from Amtrak, in accordance with a federal felony grievance launched Tuesday. The Sunset Limited, Train 2, was carrying 137 passengers and 11 crew members.

The capturing occurred after the surviving suspect, Devonte Okeith Mathis, was seen by an officer leaving a backpack and two baggage a couple of rows away from him on one of many double-decker prepare’s vehicles.

Devonte Okeith Mathis (Rockwall County Sheriff's Office)

Devonte Okeith Mathis (Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office)

Mathis denied the objects had been his earlier than an officer questioned him and found two massive bulk packages of marijuana within the backpack, the grievance mentioned. The officer then alerted Garbo and the opposite agent, who went again into the automobile to speak to the second suspect and had been ambushed by gunfire.


Following a search warrant, the baggage had been discovered to comprise 5.3 kilos of marijuana, 50 packages containing 3.5 grams every of marijuana edibles, in addition to different hashish merchandise, the grievance said.

Mathis was arrested and faces federal prices of knowingly and deliberately possessing with the intent to distribute lower than 110 kilos of a mix or substance containing a detectable quantity of marijuana, in accordance with the grievance.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags at state buildings to stay at half-staff till sundown Wednesday in honor of Garbo. 

Garbo was the second federal officer to die within the line of obligation in latest weeks.  

Jared Keyworth, a deputy U.S. marshal and senior inspector, died last month in a car accident whereas responding to a felony offender case close to Florence, Mississippi, in accordance with the Advocate. 

“We are grateful for the courage and selfless sacrifice of these heroes,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland mentioned in a press release. “And I join the entire Justice Department in conveying our support and deepest sympathies to their families.”

Just at some point after Garland’s assertion, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was significantly damage Tuesday throughout a shootout close to Metro Police headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, authorities mentioned. 

Louis Casiano and the Associated Press contributed to this report