Federal Agent Shot in Newark - NBC Bay Area

Federal Agent Shot in Newark

Police made arrest by late afternoon.



    A pre-dawn shooting left a federal agent wounded Tuesday (Published Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012)

    A off-duty law enforcement officer was shot at 5:53 a.m. Tuesday outside a home on Mayhew Landings Road in Newark.

    Newark police confirmed that the victim is a federal agent. They would not release how serious he was hurt, claiming the family had requested his medical condition not be made public.

    Police made an arrest in the case by the end of the business day.  Newark police said they arrested Dennis Bagwell, 61 of Piedmont, at a traffic stop in Union City.

    They said Bagwell has no criminal history.

    The officer was taken to a nearby trauma center. NBC Bay Area Photographer Alan Waples says it was escorted by two Newark police patrol cars.

    Neighbors said they awoke around 5:40 this morning to the sound of a man yelling something to the effect of "Down on the ground." That exchange was followed by several gunshots.

    A woman was then heard yelling "No, Robert, no!"

    A resident saw the suspect, a short man with a baseball cap and white hoodie limping away from the scene, perhaps having been shot himself. 

    A car on the street had a bullet hole in the door (pictured right). 

    Newark Commander Robert Douglas held a news conference to discuss the case mid-morning Tuesday.

    He started by saying he wasn't going to release many details about the shooting in order to ensure a "successful resolution," adding that meant an arrest. While Douglas said the public was not in danger in connection to the shooting, he would not elaborate on a possible motive.

    The suspect is described as a tall man with a pronounced limp, unknown if he was limping because he'd been shot. Commander Douglas said it was unknown whether the federal agent fired any of the five or more shots witnesses reported hearing. The suspect was seen leaving the scene in a small white sedan which could've been a Toyota Camry or Lexus. Police did not release what kind of car Bagwell was driving when they pulled him over in Union City.

    The U.S. Bureau of Customs released this statement:

    “An off duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer assigned to the San Francisco International Airport was shot outside of his home earlier today. The thoughts and prayers of the entire CBP family are with the officer and his family at this difficult time. The officer was transported to a hospital where he is currently receiving treatment. CBP personnel, in cooperation with our law enforcement partners, are investigating this tragic incident."