Who is Daniel Alfin? FBI Agent Slain in Florida Praised for Heroism, Biography, Wiki
FBI Director Chris Wray identifies agents slain in the line of duty as Daniel Alfin & Laura Schwartzenberger, says they “exemplified heroism today in defense of their country. The FBI will always honor their ultimate sacrifice & will be forever grateful for their bravery.”
Daniel Alfin was one of the two FBI special agents who lost their lives in the shooting of multiple FBI agents in Sunrise, Florida, on February 2. FBI Director Christopher Wray paid tribute to Schwartzenberger, 43, and Special Agent Daniel Alfin, 36, for exemplifying “heroism today in defense of their country.”
Wray said they were “shot and killed this morning in the line of duty while executing a federal court-ordered search warrant in a crimes against children investigation in Sunrise, Florida.”
Daniel Alfin Age
He was 36 years old.
What we Know about Daniel Alfin?
He led an investigation into a website called Playpen, believed to be the largest child pornography website on the dark web. After seizing the site’s servers, FBI investigators kept it in operation for two weeks, having attached software to detect users’ identities.
Although that turned out to be a controversial decision, the investigation yielded a massive number of arrests. About 900 people were arrested around the world and 55 children in the United States identified or rescued, according to the FBI.
“Members of his enterprise who were raping children, who were producing child pornography all around the world — those cases continue to be indicted and prosecuted,” Alfin said in a 2017 FBI news release announcing the sentencing of the site’s founder to 30 years in prison.
“It’s a cat-and-mouse game, except it’s not a game,” he said. “Kids are being abused, and it’s our job to stop that.”
Nicholas Weaver, a computer security expert at the University of California at Berkeley, said Alfin’s work broke legal ground and resulted in the rescue of hundreds of children.
“One legacy of the Playpen cases is a charge in judicial rules on search warrants,” he said. “Another was nearly 300 children identified and rescued from abuse around the world. Daniel Alfin helped make that possible.”
“His work speaks for itself: you just read the court cases and transcripts and it breaks your heart,” said Weaver, who reached out to Alfin after the PlayPen. I can’t even hope to estimate the number of children Agent Alfin and Agent Schwartzenberger’s investigations have rescued from horrific circumstances. The loss of both is a tragedy.”
Alfin, 36, became an FBI agent in 2009, where he used his academic background in information science to catch cybercriminals preying on children.
FBI Director Christopher Wray Statement about Daniel
FBI Director Christopher Wray issued the following statement regarding an agent-involved shooting in Sunrise, Florida.
Tragically, the FBI lost two of our own today. Special Agent Daniel Alfin and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger were shot and killed this morning in the line of duty while executing a federal court-ordered search warrant in a crimes against children investigation in Sunrise, Florida. Three other agents were shot and wounded; two suffered injuries requiring hospital care, but both are now in stable condition. The third injured agent did not require hospitalization.
Every day, FBI special agents put themselves in harm’s way to keep the American people safe. Special Agent Alfin and Special Agent Schwartzenberger exemplified heroism today in defense of their country. The FBI will always honor their ultimate sacrifice and will be forever grateful for their bravery. We continue to stand by our FBI Family, and the families of these special agents, in the days to come, bringing every resource we can to get through this together.