FBI Raid Turns Deadly in Dearborn, MIOctober 29, 2009 - 10:23 PM | by: Marla Cichowski
Only a few hours after the Detroit FBI addressed reporters during a midday press conference regarding Wednesday’s deadly shootout, police just across the border in Windsor, Ontario made a significant arrest connected to the case. Windsor Police arrested the son of Luqman Ameen Abdullah, the leader of a radical Islamic group at the center of a two year FBI investigation. Abdullah’s son, Mujahid Carswell, 30, was one of three men the FBI has been looking for since agents raided a warehouse in Dearborn on Wednesday. The other two men are still on the run and believed to be armed and dangerous.
As the investigation continues, a total of nine men are behind bars accused of plotting to overthrow the U.S. government and law enforcement while trying to establish an Islamic State in the United States. A two year FBI investigation into the radical Islamic group in the Detroit area, ended in a shootout between federal agents and the leader of the group Wednesday evening. The leader of the group, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, was shot and killed by FBI agents at a Dearborn warehouse after FBI agents raided the warehouse and Abdullah opened fire, refusing to surrender. Abdullah, a convicted felon, was wanted on charges of conspiracy to commit federal crimes, including selling stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. In a federal complaint, FBI Special Agent, Gary Leone describes Abdullah advocates for the “spread of Islam through violent jihad and violence against the United States government and against law enforcement.” A confidential informant, who was once a loyal follower of Abdullah, told the FBI about multiple conversations he had with Abdullah. He also described an audio recording he listened to featuring Abdullah giving a sermon (from 2004). The informant said at one point in the sermon Abdullah was yelling “Police, so what? Police, die too! Feds die too!” and “do not carry a pistol if you’re going to give it up to police. You give them a bullet.” (rather than surrender your weapons)
Thursday, the head of the FBI office in Detroit, Andrew Arena, described a long list of weapons that agents found during the search of two Detroit homes on Wednesday, connected to Abdullah, including the home that was used as the group’s mosque, Masjid Al-Haqq. The weapons seized from the homes include: 3 rifles, 12 guage shotgun, 38 caliber handgun, 45 caliber pistol as well as several rounds of ammunition and a bullet proof vest.
Thursday night the Detroit FBI office sent out a news release to honor one of their own. The FBI’s K-9, Freddy, was killed by gunfire during Wednesday’s raid at the warehouse in Dearborn. To honor Freddy, the FBI has set up a memorial fund in his memory, to benefit the K-9 Law Enforcement Memorial. The head of FBI’s Detroit office even made reference to Freddy’s service during today’s news conference, saying Freddy’s loss was especially difficult for the FBI field agent who has worked closely with him for the past year.
View pictures below of Freddy and the scene of Wednesday’s FBI raid.