In June of 1933 FBI agents and local police were escorting a dangerous felon and prison escapee back to Federal prison. Seven officers were escorting one prisoner, from a train station to a car waiting at the curb. They were ambushed by three or four men with various firearms. Several officers and the prisoner were killed in the exchange of gunfire. Several of the surviving officers were wounded.
The officers were seriously outgunned in the incident; they also were not all familiar with the guns they did use. There is some evidence that one of the officers may have shot two of his partners and the prisoner by mistake. Much of the shooting happened in less than fifteen feet range. There were several tactical changes the officers could have made to increase the security of their prisoner. At the time FBI agents were not officially armed; they were given authority to carry guns soon afterwards.
Their vehicles were parked in the normal passenger loading zone at the front of the station. For added security, park in the back, in the loading dock, clear the area prior to arrival of the suspect so there is not place for attackers to hide. Everyone on the transport team should be familiar with all the weapons used by the team. A prisoner that’s this dangerous could be transported in an armored car. He had escaped at least once before and had shot a man; so he was a dangerous criminal. Four officers were in the car with the suspect, bunching up like that makes for a better target and makes it hard to return fire. Plan for the worst; don’t just hope for the best, that’s what the SGT Says.