READINGTON, N.J. -- An FBI agent was killed in a shootout with three bank robbery suspects Thursday in north central New Jersey, a law enforcement official said.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agent's family had not been told of his death, said the agent was alive when brought to University Hospital in Newark by helicopter, but efforts to save him failed.
"He didn't make it," the official said.
Other law enforcement officials, also speaking anonymously because the investigation was ongoing, said agents were investigating a string of recent bank robberies in central New Jersey when they came upon the suspects leaving a bank near Route 22 in Readington. A shootout ensued.
One suspect was captured and two fled to nearby woods, the official said. State and local authorities are searching for the suspects with helicopters and dogs.
State Route 22 was closed off. A flood of police cars and officers from multiple law enforcement agencies were seen in the area.
Dawn Graner, a bookkeeper at Arvins Garden Center off Route 22, said authorities told employees not to leave the building because they're "looking for somebody," but she said they didn't say anything else.
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04-05-2007, 02:59 PM #1
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04-05-2007, 10:49 PM #3
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If this is true, this is very, very sad.
Friendly fire may have killed FBI agent
Posted by The Star-Ledger April 05, 2007 8:45PM
An FBI agent may have accidently shot and killed a fellow agent this morning while attempting to arrest a team of alleged bank robbers in Hunterdon County, law enforcement officials said.
Special Agent Barry Lee Bush, 52, was shot across the street from the PNC Bank in Readington while investigating a series of armed bank robberies, FBI officials said. Bush and a team of agents were pursuing a group of alleged bank robbers who were responsible for four armed robberies in Central Jersey.
"Preliminarily, information suggests the agent may have been fatally wounded as a result of the accidental discharge of another agent's weapon during a dynamic arrest situation," FBI officials said in a statement released this evening.
The agent who may have shot Bush was not identified.
"As in any case where agents are involved in a shooting, a team of investigators from the FBI's Inspection Division is dispatched to the scene to conduct a comprehensive review," the statement said.
New Jersey State Police
Two of the suspected bank robbers were arrested at the scene. A third suspect, believed to be armed with a rifle, escaped and is still at large. Parts of Somerset and Hunterdon counties are in lockdown this evening as police search the area.
The suspect-- identified as Francisco J. Herrara-Genao of New Brunswick-- escaped into the woods behind the PNC Bank in Readington after the shooting this morning, police said.
Residents in sections of Somerset and Hunterdon counties are being told to stay in their homes as police search for the suspect.
State Police said the alleged suspect ran into a wooded area behind the bank and may be in vicinity of the Fox Hollow Golf Course.
Herrara-Genao, who is considered armed and dangerous, is described as a 6-foot, 200-pound Hispanic male wearing a sweatshirt, officials said. He is 22.
Investigators believe the suspect lost one of his shoes shortly after the shooting. His second shoe was found this afternoon in the woods behind Raritan Valley Community College, police said.
Police used the Reverse 911 system to contact residents via telephone and warn them to stay in their homes.
Law enforcement officials are asking residents to contact police immediately if they see anyone matching the suspect's description.
MATT RAINEY/THE STAR-LEDGER
The two suspects arrested at the scene were identified as Wilfredo Berrios, 28, and Michael Cruz, 21, both of New Brunswick. They were charged with the attempted robbery of the PNC Bank in Readington.
A third man-- Efrain Lynn of New Brunswick-- was also arrested today in New Brunswick. Police said Lynn, 21, was involved in a March 16 armed armed robbery of a Bank of America branch in South Brunswick.
Lynn was not at the bank in Readington today, but police said Cruz identified him as a gunman who wore a ski mask and trench coat in the March 16 robbery.
Though Herrera-Genao was still at large this evening, he was also charged with armed robbery.
Police believe all four men were involved in a several bank robberies in the area. Additional charges are expected to follow.
Law enforcement agencies across the state have benn involved with the hunt for been Herrera-Genao all day.
Exactly what happened across the street from the bank this morning remains unclear. Bush and his fellow FBI agents had been investigating the series of bank robberies in Middlesex and Monmouth counties over the last several weeks.
Bush was a veteran FBI agent and a married father of two.
He joined the FBI in August 1987. He served in Kansas City before transferring to Newark in 1991. He is survived by his wife and a grown son and daughter.
"This FBI Special Agent was a faithful and dedicated public servant. His death is an unspeakable tragedy for his family," U.S. Attorney Chris Christie said in a statement.
Bush was shot in the parking lot of the Arvins Farm and Garden Center, across from the PNC Bank. He was taken to University Hospital in Newark by helicopter, law enforcement officials said.
Maynor Veliz of Somerville, who works at Arvins Garden Center, heard the shots.
"I saw a white car in our parking lot with the windows all broken out, a guy lying on the ground beside it and cops there. Only a few at first, but then a lot," Veliz said. "I couldn't see anything going on at the bank, but a lot of cops went there."
MATT RAINEY/THE STAR-LEDGER
Customers who were in the bank at the time said they heard the gunshots outside, but no robbers had come inside the bank. Police came in and hurried customers into a room inside the bank, where they waited until the area was secured.
Outside, canine units and helicopters aided in the search for the suspect who fled the area on foot.
Some 3,000 people, including a number of visiting elementary school-aged children, were put into lockdown at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg this afternoon, said John Trojan, a college official. The college sent everyone home at 3:30 p.m. at the request of police.
At Loukas Last American Diner on Route 22 in neighboring Branchburg, owner Nickos Halkias said police telephoned and asked him to be on the lookout.
"All they said was to look out for a Hispanic guy, jeans, tan jacket, long black hair," said a woman who would only identify herself as Margaret.
She had just come from Sun National bank, a few hundred yards from PNC.
"You can only get to County Line Road ... because it's all blocked off," she said. "I was quite fortunate. I got there and was able to turn, but traffic is building up."
Bridgewater United Methodist Church on Country Club Road operates Children's' Corner, a pre-school for children 2 1/2 to 6 years old, and police called them, too.
"We're just staying calm, and we're doing what we need to do," said the Rev. Vicki Brendler, pastor. "We're complying with what the police have asked us to do."
She was in the healing prayer service when the call first came.
"Of course we've been in prayer for the whole situation," she said. "It is our prayer that everything is back to normal by this evening when worship is there."
In Clinton Township and Lebanon school districts, which border Readington, officials sought to reassure parents that their kids had not been affected.
They sent them e-mails and left voice messages "just to let parents know that their children are safe and they would be dismissed at the regularly scheduled time," said Superintendent Elizabeth Nastus.
Residents in the area were tense as police searched their neighborhoods.
"We have all our doors locked. We're watching the helicopters," said Lorrie Baumann, a Branchburg resident.
Baumann said she stepped out to run errands and came back at 12:30 and saw police cars swarming the area. She went in and checked the Internet and found out what was going on. In this quiet section of the county, she said it's rare to have so many helicopters and police cars coming by.
At 12:35 p.m., police also asked the management at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club on Rattlesnake Bridge Road in Bedminster to clear the golf course of golfers and staff, said Doug Graubard, the corporate golf events manager at the course. Police cars then drove on to the course, near fairways.
"Our last count was five helicopters on the periphery and then one circling around," he said. At one point police stormed a convenience store, surprising customers. But the suspects were not inside.
The FBI agent was part of a task force formed earlier this year to investigate a series of bank robberies in Central Jersey.
The team-- made up of members of the FBI, Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office and local police departments-- was on high alert following several robberies involving armed gunmen.
In each case, a masked gunman entered a bank and fired a single shot signaling the start of the robbery. In at least two of the robberies in Middlesex County, the gunman was assisted by accomplices carrying rifles.
Investigators believe the team may have been involved in bank robberies at the Commerce Bank in Piscataway, a Bank of America in East Brunswick, a Bank of America in South Brunswick and a Bank of America in Ocean Township in Monmouth County.
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04-06-2007, 07:58 AM #4
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Sad-very sad-almost as bad as Popov 36--tap it into Youtube
Correction--not Youtube, they have deleted or moved it,to hot politically? Go to Google-they have not been "leaned" on-- yet.
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