Agent Ahrens was accidentally shot and killed by fellow agents while on a stakeout for armed robbery suspects in Phoenix, Arizona. Agent Ahrens was running down an alley towards other agents with her gun drawn. The other agents did not recognize her and ordered her to drop her weapon. When she did not comply they opened fire, fatally wounding her. She was not wearing any clothing identifying her as a law enforcement officer.
Agent Ahrens had been with the agency for less than one year.