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Archive for April 25th, 2022

Utah Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting at U.S. Marshals in Salt Lake City

By Steve Neavling

A 46-year-old Utah man has pleaded guilty to shooting at U.S. Marshals while they tried to arrest him in Salt Lake City in May 2021. 

Epifanio Welch pleaded guilty last week to felony counts of assaulting a federal officer and shooting a firearm during a crime of violence, the Justice Department said. 

The incident occurred while U.S. Marshals were attempting to apprehend Welch and another suspect who were wanted on multiple arrest warrants. 

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the marshals were warned that Welch and Humphrey may engage in “suicide by cop.”

As they tried to execute the search warrants, marshals came under fire multiple times. 

After arresting the suspects, authorities recovered four firearms during a search of the home.  

Welch later acknowledge firing multiple shots at law enforcement officers. 

None of the officers were injured. 

Oliver Rich, Jr. Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s San Antonio Field Office

By Steve Neavling

Oliver E. Rich, Jr. has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Antonio Field Office in Texas. 

Rich had been serving as the chief of staff to the deputy director at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Rich began working as a special agent for the FBI in 2004 in the Houston Field Office, where he was assigned to white-collar crime and national security investigations. 

In 2009, he became supervisory special agent and managed sensitive investigations and operations in the Clandestine Operations Section of the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters. 

In 2012, Rich began working in the Field Flight Operations Unit of the Critical Incident Response Group, managing national aviation operations and flying some of the FBI’s most sophisticated aircraft. 

In 2013, Rich moved to the Atlanta Field Office, where he served on multiple operational squads and flew as a pilot and certified flight instructor in support of aviation and surveillance operations. 

In 2016, he became supervisor of Atlanta’s counterintelligence squad and led a team of agents and analysts dealing with priority national security threats. 

Rich became leader of Atlanta’s public corruption and civil rights squad in 2019, and later in the year, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of Atlanta’s Criminal Branch. In 2020, he became leader of the Administrative and Operational Support Branch, where he was responsible for Atlanta’s crisis response assets, weapons of mass destruction program, financial management and tactical teams. 

In 2021, Rich became chief of staff for the deputy director.