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Archive for October 11th, 2021

4 Federal Agents Shot During ‘Incredibly Difficult Week for Federal Law Enforcement’

By Steve Neavling

Four federal law enforcement officers were shot last week in the three separate shootings, underscoring the dangers of the profession.

DEA Special Agent Michael Garbo was shot and killed by an Amtrak passenger in Tucson, Ariz., while doing a routine inspection for illegal drugs and guns on the train.

Another DEA was shot and critically injured.

On Tuesday, an ATF agent was injured and a gunman killed in a shootout in Tennessee. The agent was trying to arrest Corey Daniel Wellman as part of a drug-related investigation when the shootout occurred at about 2:15 p.m. in a parking of a string of businesses.

On Wednesday, an FBI agent was shot while a federal task force tried to serve an arrest warrant at a home in Racine, Wis. The agent is recovering. The suspect fatally shot himself. 

“The FBI Agents Association stands with these courageous agents, and our thoughts and prayers are with them and with their families,” FBI Agents Association President Brian O’Hare told ABC News. “The FBIAA hopes that all Americans will join us in condemning these abhorrent acts of violence.”

It was a tough week for federal law enforcement, Acting Deputy Director of the ATF Tom Chittum said. 

“This has been an incredibly difficult week for federal law enforcement,” he said. “Our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to the families, the friends and to those officers that have been subjected to this gun violence.”

330-Mile Bike Ride Honors Slain FBI Agent Martha Dixon-Martinez

By Steve Neavling

Family members of FBI Special Agent Martha Dixon-Martinez, who was killed during a shooting rampage in November 1994, stopped at the bureau’s Pittsburgh Field Office last week as part of an annual 330-mile bike ride in her honor. 

“Martha’s Ride” began on March 8 in Washington D.C., where she was shot, and ended at the field office on Friday. 

“We all walk into this building named after Ms. Dixon every day and remember the sacrifice she made,” Mike Nordwall, special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh Field Office, said in a statement. “We are thankful to her family for continuing to honor her legacy.”

The ride raises money for the Martha Fund, which has built playgrounds in the Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years. 

“Martha’s Ride honors the enduring legacy of a true American hero,” said Kevin Dixon, Martha Dixon’s brother. “Martha was unfortunately called upon to make the supreme sacrifice for her fellow Americans. Aside from a devoted agent, she was known for her love of her young nieces and nephews and for athletics. To keep her memory alive, the Martha Fund conducts the ‘Martha’s Ride,’ as well as a run in her name each spring as an homage to her athleticism. It also honors her love for kids by helping build playgrounds in the Pittsburgh area.”

On Nov. 22, 1994, a gunman opened fire inside the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Department, killing Dixon-Martinez, FBI agent Michael John Miller and Metro Police Sgt. Henry Daly. 

Before joining the FBI, Dixon-Martinez received a degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Several years later, she began her career with the FBI in Knoxville where she became the first female agent in the field office to be certified as a SWAT team member. 

In November 2001, the Pittsburgh Field Office was later named in honor of Dixon.