July 17, 2020

FBI Statement on Agent-Involved Shooting

On Friday, July 17, 2020, at approximately 9:45 a.m., FBI agents were serving a federal arrest warrant at a house in the 5700 block of Hirondel Street in South Houston. The warrant was for an individual wanted for 18 U.S.C. § 2251- Sexual Exploitation of Children. As FBI agents attempted to make the arrest, the suspect was shot and killed.

No FBI agents, fellow law enforcement officers, or additional persons were physically injured. Houston Police Department officers were present at the location to assist the FBI with securing the perimeter during the execution of the arrest warrant and were not involved in the shooting.

The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving its agents seriously. Per standard FBI procedure, a shooting incident review team, led by the FBI's Inspection Division, will interview witnesses and gather information for a presentation to a Shooting Incident Review Group (SIRG), which consists of members from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice. The SIRG examines all of the information and determines the reasonableness of the application of deadly force in accordance with the Department of Justice’s Deadly Force Policy and the law. The results of the investigation will be provided to the local District Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Section for review. The review process is thorough and objective and is considered an active investigation. No additional details will be publicly released until all investigations are completed.