INDIANA TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- An FBI agent, Special Agent Sam Hicks, was shot to death at an Indiana Township home during a large, regionwide drug bust early Wednesday morning.
Watch Ari Hait's report during our live Webcast of WTAE Channel 4 Action News at noon. Dozens of Allegheny County police officers, state police and federal agents responded to Woods Run Road -- a short, dirt road with just seven homes -- where Special Agent Sam Hicks was killed. (See Map)
"We are all grieving this loss, and Sam's memory will never be forgotten," said Special Agent in Charge Michael Rodriguez, of the Pittsburgh FBI office. A neighbor who did not want to be identified told WTAE Channel 4 Action News that she saw four unmarked cars arrive at about 6 a.m.
"They all turned their lights off and headed back up the road, which I thought was kind of unusual," the neighbor said. "About 15 minutes later, my sister called me. She lives right next door, and she says, 'The driveway is full of police.'" Rodriguez said somebody was taken into custody in connection with the shooting, but he did not identify that person or say if any charges had been filed. He did say that the investigation was continuing.
One of WTAE's police sources did not dispute that the person in custody is Robert Korbe, who owns the home where the warrant was being served. Korbe was being evaluated at AGH late Wednesday morning. Hospital staff members did not say why he was there.
County emergency dispatchers said the shooting was first reported as a break-in or home invasion at about 6:30 a.m. Later, the FBI confirmed the victim was one of its agents who had been serving a warrant. Korbe was one of 35 people charged in a drug-trafficking indictment unsealed Wednesday. The indictment accuses the defendants of conspiring to traffic cocaine and crack from October 2007 through September. Other suspects were being rounded up throughout the Pittsburgh area Wednesday.
Rodriguez said the alleged operation was "a violent drug distribution ring" but did not offer any other details during a brief news conference Wednesday morning. In August, WTAE Channel 4's news exchange partners at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the 39-year-old Korbe waived a hearing on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.
Charges in that earlier case stemmed from Sharpsburg police allegations that Korbe fought with officers when he was stopped May 16 after leaving a fight at Pod's Landing Bar. Police said they found him carrying 130 grams of cocaine and pills including Vicodin, Viagra and Cialis. Antoinette Korbe said she has not seen Robert Korbe in three years because he and his wife got a protection-from-abuse order against her. She did not discuss details of the PFA.
Thursday, August 14, 2008 Robert Korbe, 39, of Woods Run Road in Indiana Township, waived a hearing Aug. 6 on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver. Sharpsburg police say Korbe fought with officers when he was stopped May 16 after leaving a fight at Pod's Landing Bar. Police said they found Korbe carrying 130 grams of cocaine and pills including Vicodin, Viagra and Cialis.