Saturday, April 18, 2009
The Waco Siege, often referred to as the Waco Massacre, started on February 28th, 1993 when the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) attempted to execute a search warrant at the Branch Davidian ranch at Mount Carmel, a property located about nine miles east-northeast of Waco, Texas. An exchange of gunfire resulted in the deaths of four agents and five Branch Davidians. A subsequent 51-day siege by the Federal Bureau of Investigation ended on April 19th, 2003 when fire destroyed the compound. Eighty-one people eventually died, including more than 20 children and two pregnant women, along with Davidian leader David Koresh.