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Archive for March 30th, 2021

Today Marks 40th Anniversary of Hinkley’s Failed Assassination Attempt of Reagan

President Reagan assassination attempt, via Wikipedia.

Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.

Reagan had just finished speaking to AFL-CIO leaders when he stepped out of the Washington D.C. Hilton and was struck by a bullet. 

John Hinkley Jr. said he opened fire to impress actress Jodie Foster. He shot press secretary James Brady, police officer Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy. 

Secret Service Agent Jerry Carr whisked Reagan into the backseat of an armored limo and ordered the driver to a nearby hospital. 

Carr was credited with saving the president’s life. 

Stanley M. Meador Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Richmond Field Office

FBI Special Agent Stanley M. Meador

By Steve Neavling

Stanley M. Meador has been tapped to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office in Virginia. 

Meador, a native of Galax, Va., had been serving as chief of staff to the deputy director at FBI headquarters.

Meador’s career with the FBI began in 2002, when he was assigned to the Spokane Resident Agency in Washington, a satellite of the Seattle Field Office. He investigated violent crime, gangs, and Indian Country crimes, worked on intelligence matters, spearheaded the creation of the Safe Streets and Safe Trails task forces, and served as a firearms instructor and crisis negotiator.

In 2009, Meador joined the Las Vegas Field Office to investigate public corruption, violent gangs, and criminal enterprises.

In 2013, Meador was promoted to supervisory special agent and transferred to the International Operations Division (IOD) at headquarters. He was later promoted to chief of the IOD’s Asia Unit.

In 2015, Meador became supervisory senior resident agent of the Wilmington Resident Agency of the Charlotte Field Office, where he oversaw criminal and national security programs.

In 2019, Meador was named assistant special agent in charge in the Philadelphia Field Office, where he led administrative and special operation, overseeing 12 programs and all crisis management matters.

In 2020, he became chief of staff to the deputy director.

Before joining the FBI, Meador served as a special agent with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Meador received a bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College in Salem, Va., and a master’s degree from The American University in Washington. 

Meador also received a Declaration of Valor for his response to the Pentagon during 9/11.