An FBI agent trying to arrest a cocaine-dealing suspect at a home near Pittsburgh was fatally shot Wednesday by the man's wife, authorities said.
Agent Samuel Hicks was shot about 6 a.m. in the middle-class community of Indiana Township. The 33-year-old agent was taking part in a drug-ring roundup at the home of Robert Korbe, who was taken into custody on the drug charge.
Christina Korbe, 40, was charged with homicide. Her attorney, Sumner Parker, said his client had feared for her life and might have thought someone was breaking into the home.
Parker said Korbe even called 911 “because of a chaotic situation that she was concerned for her safety and the safety of her children.”
Christina Korbe was at Allegheny County police headquarters until Wednesday evening, when she was taken away on a stretcher. She was put into an ambulance and taken to a hospital.
Her husband was one of 35 people charged in the 27-count indictment that accuses the defendants of conspiring to traffic cocaine and crack from October 2007 through September. Christina Korbe was not named in the indictment.
Korbe appeared briefly in federal court Wednesday and was represented by a public defender but told the judge he planned to hire his own attorney.
He had told reporters as he was being led into a police car that “they shot their own guy.”
FBI agent William Crowley, an agency spokesman, said, “Based on the information we have right now, every indication is that no shot was fired by law enforcement at the crime scene.”
Hicks had been with the FBI since March 2007. He was a former Baltimore police officer and school teacher with a wife and 3-year-old son.
“Special Agent Hicks made the ultimate sacrifice that any law enforcement officer makes for his country,” Michael Rodriguez, agent in charge of the Pittsburgh FBI office, said in a statement.