Wednesday, August 6, 2008


WSVN TV Miami / Donald Pettit shot in front of 12-year-old daughter

An off-duty federal agent was shot in the parking lot of a post office at 160th Avenue and Pines Boulevard. This is a sketch of a suspect in the shooting.

This photo of a poster released Aug. 6, 2008 by Pembroke Pines, Fla. police shows James Patrick Wonder. (AP Photo/Pembroke Pines Police)

The widow of U.S. Custom agent Donald Pettit, center, talks to family members and friends after an Aug. 6, 2008 press conference in Pembroke Pines, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent has died after he was shot outside a Pembroke Pines post office.

Fla. Man Charged With Federal Agent Murder
James Patrick Wonder Detained After Allegedly Shooting A Customs Agent Outside Post Office

DAVIE, Fla., Aug. 6, 2008

CBS/ AP) A South Florida man was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the killing of a federal agent outside a busy post office.

"We did it!" were the first words at a late night news conference Wednesday when police announced that they had charged James Patrick Wonder of Miramar with the murder of Federal Agent Donald Pettit, according to
CBS affiliate WFOR-TV in Miami.

"We told you we would get you," Pembroke Pines Deputy Chief Mike Segarra said as officers and supporters burst into sustained applause.

Wonder, 65, was detained without incident after a SWAT team and dozens of officers surrounded a shopping center in this community about 10 miles from Fort Lauderdale, said Pembroke Pines Deputy Police Chief Mike Segarra.

More than 400 law enforcement officers and at least two Blackhawk helicopters had been scouring South Florida for the suspect in the killing of 52-year-old customs agent Donald Pettit.

The agent was with his 12-year-old daughter when he was shot during a fight Tuesday morning in a post office's parking lot in nearby Pembroke Pines.


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