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Retired Utah FBI agent reacts to tragic shooting in South Florida

Posted at 5:53 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 19:53:56-05

SALT LAKE CITY — After the tragic deaths of two FBI agents in South Florida Tuesday, a retired agent spoke of how the agency is dealing with the loss.

“The people that work these types of cases, it;s a relatively smaller community and so agents here know the agents there,” said retired FBI agent Greg Rogers. “Tragically, we are periodically reminded of what that dedication really means.”

Rogers was with the FBI for 30 years and is now a professor at Utah Valley University.

When asked about the type of warrants being served by these FBI agents, Rogers said "We serve these types of warrants here in Utah on the exact same type of cases all the time, weekly if not more. A typical internet crime against children squad which is what this was, they do these a lot so these people were very well trained.”

Rogers also recalled a real-life instance where he experienced a similar scenario when he had a case downtown. After the agents knocked on the door, the suspect came to the door with handguns.

"Luckily. we were able to subdue him and get him down on the ground before anybody was hurt." remembers Rogers.

"Those are the kind of cases where you’re, you know, literally milliseconds away from rounds going off. You just leave those with your fingers crossed and thanking somebody for your good fortune.”