FBI Agent Accidentally Shoots Himself During Odessa Drug Raid

FBI Agent Accidentally Shoots Himself During Odessa Drug Raid

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An unidentified FBI agent accidentally shot himself in the foot Tuesday morning while searching a Gerron Street home.

He sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to Special Agent Michael Martinez.

"We were still asleep when we heard banging on the door," said Shaniqua Starling, who lives in the house with her mother, son, nephews and several other family members. "When we opened the door, they all stormed in [with their] guns drawn and proceeded through the house to search for whoever they were looking for."

They escorted her outside while agents and officers from the FBI, Odessa Police Department, Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security continued their search.

"And then I heard the gunshot coming from the back of the house," Starling told NewsWest 9. "I thought my sister or one of my nephews was hurt. I freaked completely out."

The family said several children - between the ages of 5 and 12 - were in the bedroom "just a few feet" from where the agent accidentally pulled the trigger.

He "started hollering and cussing" and proceeded to "limp down the hall and out the front door," leaving a trail of blood through the home and and across the front porch.

Starling said other agents then carried him to a parked vehicle and continued their search.

"There's no way to explain something like that," she said. "I think it's just careless [for a federal agent] to have [his] finger on the trigger when there are children in the room, and none of them are armed."

FBI representatives declined to speak with NewsWest 9 on camera.

They confirmed in a written statement that this incident is part of an "ongoing investigation with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies."

They could not confirm if controlled substances or drug paraphernalia had been found on Gerren Street.

Nobody in the house was arrested.