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Webster Promises Intensive Inquiry of FBI Shoot-Out

April 15, 1986|Associated Press

MIAMI — FBI Director William H. Webster on Monday attended the funeral for one of two agents slain in a gun battle with suspected bank robbers on the bloodiest day in FBI history, and he praised the agents as heroes who gave their lives to protect others.

Webster promised an exhaustive investigation into the battle and into the background of the agents' killers, a pair described as family men with no criminal records who also died in Friday's shoot-out.

"Before we're through, we're going to know everything about them from the time they were born to the time they died," Webster said of the gunmen.

Webster joined more than 800 people packed into Visitation Roman Catholic Church, which slain agent Benjamin Grogan, 53, attended. About 700 more, including hundreds of uniformed law-enforcement officers, their badges banded in black, stood outside.

Webster, who flew in by helicopter after visiting three agents still hospitalized from the shoot-out, said he also would attend services today in Charleston, W.Va., for Gerald Dove, 30.

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