The president of the nation's largest federal employees union that represents Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and U.S. Marshals today issued the following statement following the Tuesday night ambush of two ICE agents in Mexico, one of whom was killed, and the Wednesday morning shooting in West Virginia that resulted in the killing of one U.S. Marshal and wounded of two other marshals in the line of duty.
“In the past two days, two dedicated federal employees have been killed and three others wounded in the line of duty. These separate incidents point to the risk that federal employees face daily in service to the American public. We are deeply saddened by the loss of ICE Special Agent Jamie Zapata and Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller. We wish condolences to both of their families,” said John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees.