TSA Workers Mourn Death Of First Officer Killed On Duty

Source: Bart Jansen / USA Today

Transportation Security Administration workers were mourning Friday the first worker’s death in the line of duty since the agency was created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

A TSA behavior-detection officer, Gerardo Hernandez, 39, whose job was to spot suspicious activities to deter possible terrorist plots, was shot to death at Los Angeles International Airport by a gunman authorities identified as Paul Ciancia, 23.

Two other TSA officers were also shot and wounded in the incident, according to TSA Administrator John Pistole.

“No words can explain the horror that we experienced today when a shooter took the life of a member of our family and injured two TSA officers at Los Angeles International Airport,” Pistole said in a statement to workers. “Sadly, today marks the first incident where a TSA officer was killed in the line of duty.”

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