Serving a warrant during a predawn raid is always risky and the danger is heightened by the uncertainty of what evil might be lurking behind a closed door.
Tuesday morning a team of FBI agents faced sinister uncertainty in Sunrise when their routine effort to serve a search warrant turned deadly.
Law enforcement sources say the suspect was lying in wait, armed with an assault rifle and monitoring the every move of the child-pornography task force team via a doorbell camera. The unsuspecting agents were sitting ducks, sprayed with gunfire right through the closed door.
Special Agents Daniel Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger were fatally struck by the guerrilla warfare style assault.
That's a use for your @ring doorbell they keep quiet about…https://t.co/9MwLYrwohK
— Mike Parker 💙 #FBPE #RejoinEU (@MikeDaPsych) February 3, 2021
Both were there to serve a search warrant on 55-year-old David Lee Huber, who lived alone in the Sunrise apartment complex.
Huber was the target of a child-porn search warrant being served by the agents early Tuesday when he spied on the feds through a doorbell camera and opened fire with an assault-style rifle, according to the FBI. Three agents were wounded in one of the deadliest days for the FBI in decades. After a standoff, Huber killed himself. He had no prior federal or Florida criminal record.
This is David Lee Huber, 55 who lives in apt 102… the target of the FBI warrant for crimes-against-children.
Divorced dad, computer consultant, loner.
He saw agents coming via doorbell cam, shot 5, killed 2 agents, then himself @WPLGLocal10 https://t.co/C2dkwBb8C4 pic.twitter.com/t2XgjR6FAm
— Glenna Milberg (@GlennaWPLG) February 3, 2021
Serving a search warrant is typically preceded by a careful risk assessment. In this case,
the FBI child-porn task force was not accompanied by a SWAT team for extra protection — although that still may not have prevented the tragedy since sources told the Miami Herald that the suspect shot right through his unopened front door at the agents.
In many cases, doorbell cameras provide residents security and can prevent crime.
A neighbor comes to the rescue!
"Having these devices have helped us stay alert should anything happen…just like the night our neighbors fence caught fire." pic.twitter.com/KC57Hn8502
— Ring (@ring) January 12, 2021