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Archive for February 2nd, 2022

AG Garland Commemorates the Deaths of 2 Florida FBI Agents Who were Killed One Year Ago

By Allan Lengel

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued a statement Wednesday to commemorate the deaths of FBI agents Daniel Alfin and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, who were killed one year ago today while executing a federal search warrant in Sunrise, Fla.

FBI agents Laura Schwartzenberger and Daniel Alfin

“One year ago today, FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed in the line of duty. Today, as we remember their service, their sacrifice and their courage, our nation also mourns the loss of 31 members of law enforcement who have died in the line of duty this year.,” Garland said.

“At the Justice Department, we stand shoulder to shoulder with those who protect and serve our communities. We recognize the sacrifices law enforcement officers make every single day, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has made their jobs only more difficult. We will do everything within our power as a Department to help keep members of law enforcement safe as we work together to keep our country safe.”

Feds Raid Michigan Home of High Ranking Homeland Security Investigations Official

Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Vance Callender

By Steve Neavling

Federal agents have raided the Michigan home of a high-ranking Homeland Security official who is under investigation for alleged misconduct. 

The raid occurred Friday at the Royal Oak home of Vance Callender, 49, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations’ Detroit office, The Detroit Free Press reports.

The office overseas investigation in Michigan and Ohio. 

A neighbor said plainclothes agents removed a briefcase and manila envelope. 

“Special Agent-in-Charge Callender is a highly decorated federal law enforcement official whose security and reputation are our top priority. That said, some rumors about him online are incorrect. To the extent, Mr. Callender is required to enforce or defend his rights, he is prepared to do so,” Callender’s lawyer, Nick Oberheiden, said in statement.

Oberheiden declined to elaborate on the investigation or the “rumors.” 

In a statement, an ICE spokesperson said, “As public servants working for a law enforcement agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) takes allegations of misconduct very seriously. Any allegations of misconduct are appropriately investigated, and any employee, regardless of rank or seniority, who has committed provable misconduct, will be held accountable.”

The statement added, “Where necessary, ICE works with federal and/or state and local law enforcement who may investigate such allegations. Per agency protocol, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) will also review the allegations.”

Callender has been the head of the Detroit office for about a year. Prior to that, he oversaw investigations in San Antonio. 

Callender’s career in law enforcement began in 1995, when he was a sheriff’s deputy in Victoria County in Texas. 

He became a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service in 2001. 

Callender has a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Texas State University. 

Border Patrol Agent Hospitalized After ATV Crash Near U.S.-Mexico Border

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent was injured Tuesday morning when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding collided with a Tahoe SUV operated by a fellow agent in Southern California.

The crash occurred in an area near the U.S.-Mexico border between Tijuana and San Diego, according to Border Report.

The injured agent was rushed to the UCSD Medical Center near downtown San Diego.

The agent sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

“The agent driving the Tahoe immediately requested EMS support via dispatch,” Border Patrol said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “The agent operating the Tahoe did not report any injuries.” 

Nearly 20 years ago, an agent was killed in the same area after her vehicle rolled over an embankment.