Update: Federal agent dies after Florida post office shooting

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

Updated 2:06 PM - 8/6/08


Investigators are searching for the suspect who shot and killed a federal agent outside a busy South Florida post office.

Authorities say 52-year-old agent Donald Pettit was with his 12-year-old daughter when he was shot by a man during some sort of fight Tuesday morning in the post office's parking lot.

The gunman took off after firing at least one shot. No one else was injured.

Pettit's widow pleaded with the public for help Wednesday in finding the suspect. A reward for his capture has been increased to $275,000.

Authorities are looking for a man described as between 50 and 60 years old, six feet tall, medium to heavy build, with gray and white bushy hair and ``distinctive sagging cheeks.''

Authorities say a federal agent died
after he was shot outside a South Florida post office. The shooter
is on the run.
Pembroke Pines police spokesman Sgt. Brian Davis says the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection agent died at Memorial Regional
Hospital in suburban Fort Lauderdale. His name was not released.
Davis says the agent was shot by a man during some sort of fight
Tuesday morning in the parking lot. The suspect fired at least one
shot, striking the agent. The gunman then took off.
No one else was injured.
Police and paramedics surrounded the building. Investigators are
interviewing postal employees, customers and other potential

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