On February 28, 1993 federal agents stormed the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas on trumped up gun charges. Four agents and six Davidians were killed in the gunfight that broke out when heavily armed BATF agents attempted to enter the building. Both sides claimed that the other fired first, but one BATF agent said he thought the first gunshots came from the ATF “dog team” sent to kill the Davidians’ dogs (standard operating practice in raids).
After a protracted siege, Janet Reno claimed that the Davidians were raping girls and abusing children, and sent in tanks to flush out the Davidians with gas. A fire broke out, and in the ensuing conflagration 76 additional Davidians, including over 20 children, perished along with leader David Koresh.
Some footage from that fateful day: