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Police Search for Killer of Federal Agent in South Florida

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Law enforcement officers from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale-Dade, Pembroke Pines, and Fort Lauderdale are searching for the man who shot a federal agent on Tuesday in front of a Pembroke Pines post office.

Donald J. Pettit, 52, was married with two children and had a long history of service in the military and the US Customs and Border Protection. Petit’s daughter watched from inside the car as her father was shot in the head following a traffic dispute.

According to Florida Today, authorities would not confirm the circumstances leading up to the shooting. However, sources close to the investigation believe an argument lead Pettit and a motorist to pull into the parking lot of the South Florida Mail Processing Center for a confrontation. Pettit was unarmed, but his gun was later found in his car.

The suspect, described as a fiftysomething man about six feet tall wearing a short-sleeved, plaid green shirt, fled east on Pines Boulevard. Police say they are looking for witnesses. Anyone with information should call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or go online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. A $175,000 reward is being offered for tips leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Manhunt on after federal agent is killed by motorist, Fort Lauderdale Herald, August 6, 2008

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