Two FBI Agents Involved in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Arrest ‘FALL’ Out of Helicopter and Die

Two FBI Agents Involved in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Arrest ‘FALL’ Out of Helicopter and Die

Two members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit died Friday while practicing how to quickly drop from a helicopter to a ship using a rope, the FBI announced Monday in a statement.The statement gave few details regarding the deaths of Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, other than to say the helicopter encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”A law enforcement source told The Pilot the incident happened about 12 nautical miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The official blamed bad weather for the incident and said the agents – members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, based in Quantico – fell into the water. The official said he believed the agents died as a result of the impact rather than drowning.Glenn McBride, a spokesman for the state medical examiner’s office, said it could be months before his staff can release a final cause and manner of death for the two agents. He said they must wait for the results of routine toxicology tests.

According to a Navy official, the agents were using a ship the FBI had leased from the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. No Navy personnel were involved in the exercise, the Navy official said.

An Army helicopter crashed into a similar ship in 2009 during another training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach, killing one person and injuring eight.

In interviews Monday, the founder of the Hostage Rescue Team and other former special agents called the unit “elite” while outlining the difficult training exercises members must endure.

“It’s the most rigorous training regiment in law enforcement, probably in the world,” said Danny Coulson, a former deputy assistant director of the FBI who started the team 30 years ago and served as its first commander. “They have to be able to do any mission, at any time.”

Among other things, members of the Hostage Rescue Team are trained to rappel from helicopters, scuba dive and use explosives to break down doors and walls. When needed, the team can deploy within four hours to anywhere in the U.S.

“It sounds risky, and it absolutely is,” Coulson said. “They have the same skill sets as SEAL Team 6 and Delta Force.”

In all, the team has responded to more than 850 incidents involving terrorism, violent crimes and foreign counterintelligence, according to the FBI’s website.

Last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. And in February, it rescued a 5-year-old boy held hostage for six days in an underground bunker in Alabama.

“Whenever things go really wrong, the FBI calls in the Hostage Rescue Team. It’s the government’s 911,” Coulson said.

Irvin Wells, a former FBI special agent who retired in 1990 after leading the Norfolk field office for three years, stressed that the Hostage Rescue Team is different from the FBI’s regular SWAT teams. He noted that agents assigned to a field office’s SWAT team also must perform other jobs inside the bureau, while agents assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team have no other duties.

“Not to take anything from SWAT, but these guys train full time for the most dangerous of missions,” Wells said of the Hostage Rescue Team. “Like the SEALs, they are highly trained and train continuously.”

Nancy Savage, executive director of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, said SWAT teams handle “normal dangerous situations,” while the Hostage Rescue Team handles larger-scale incidents that involve more specialized skill sets.

“It’s like one level up,” Savage said. “They are a very, very elite team.”

Coulson stressed that it takes more than brute strength to become a member of the Hostage Rescue Team.

“It’s not just biceps and triceps. It requires intellectual muscle, too,” he said.

To join the team, FBI agents must pass a special physical fitness test and complete a two-week selection class, Coulson said. Then, the agent must complete a 14- to 16-week “New Operator Training School.”

“It’s a national loss,” Coulson said about the deaths of Lorek and Shaw. “These are the best-trained individuals in the world.”

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  1. Prasad Padmasanka says

    So it takes months to come to a final verdict whether these guys were not happy that two innocent kids were framed for the governments duck ups n making excuses to declare war against another country.. And these guys are trained at the deadliest level but they are dead now. What makes the helicopter to fly that high and all of a sudden these very important seals are dead. I knew its coming. The dirty politics n voters keep on falling for governments fairy tales like two year olds believing in Easter bunnies. How sad n how pathetic humans have become. By the way its a Christian country they were serving on.

  2. Osama M Kamal says

    9/11 looks very suspicious given that Americans now believe it is an inside job and given the motive was multitude. 1. Massive insurance payout to a zionist jew, 2, wars on muslim countries which have never attacked America, 3 restrictive freedom on all American and police run states…..People belong to their creator and it is only a matter of time until the light of the truth shall shine and burn all these zionist pigs,,,,,

  3. Osama M Kamal says

    Oh yeah….if you want to now how the towers fell try thermoid….a substance that can only be produced by government military,,,,, not some bearded extremists who represent nothing of any faith let alone Islam….so please be aware that the circus continues while people lose everything….and the truth cares not what ignorance thinks….it cuts through and lives forever.

  4. says

    Two of these elite guys just happen to "fall" out of a helicopter after working at the Boston Marathon? "it could be months before [..] staff can release a final cause and manner of death for the two agents". What else are we supposed to swallow?

  5. says

    obama is dirty as hell on this too, why were the obamas caught visiting a saudi prince's son in the hospital, who by the way somehow got injured in the boston blast, and he was on the terrorists list, and he was friends with the bombers, and he gets a pass to go home free whilst his name is removed from the terrorist's list after the otraitors have an unscheduled emergency visit with some high up from saudi arabia, and this kid is totally innocent, yeah right.

  6. says

    Doesn't it seem very suspicious that anytime Americans are involved in the takedown of a Islamic terriorst, that individual or individuals are mysteriously killed in a so-called "accident." All of this under Obama's "watch." This has happened too many times to be just accidents. First, I belive that Obama is 100% Muslim. Second, I believe that he will do everything within the power he has to protect his Muslim buddies. Example, Bengazhi, I believe that in some way Obama was involved in the plot to start with. For what reason, I guess we will never know the truth, buy his ordering our troops to stand down was to protect the Muslims that were

  7. Karrie Hebert Rose says

    How many American's have to die before they IMPEACH this idiot. Guess what he's a liar, Clinton got more crap for a Blow Job than this idiot has for soo many crimes against this country and it's people. WAKE UP AMERICA!

  8. Eric Haskins says

    @Osama your an idiot guess how steel is made Heat guess what makes heat Fire. Jet burns at 1796 degrees F and Steel characteristics weaken at 1400 degrees F. Wake up…….

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