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September 2022


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Chechen Immigrant Fatally Shot by FBI in Orlando Had Ties to Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling

A Chechen immigrant fatally shot by an FBI agent in Florida had connections to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the Associated Press reports.

Ibragim Todashev has a lot in common with bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during a shootout with police. He has Chechen roots, experience with mixed martial arts and lived in Massachusetts.

The AP wrote that Todashev may have been involved with a triple murder in which Tsaraev is emerging as a suspect.

What remains unclear is why Todashev was shot.

FBI Arrests Suspect Accused of Sending Ricin Letters from Washington State

 Steve Neavling

A man believed to be behind a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin was arrested by FBI agents Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities identified the suspect as Matthew Ryan Buquet, 37.

“Our coordinated team acted swiftly to resolve a potentially dangerous situation, and continues working tirelessly around the clock to investigate the origin of the letters and to address any remaining, potential risks,” Laura Laughlin, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle office, said in a statement.

Buquet pleaded not guilty Wednesday to mailing a threatening communication.

FBI Agent Talks About Witnessing Amanda Berry’s Homecoming


Steve Neavling

FBI Agent Vicki Anderson explains what it was like to witness Amanda Berry’s homecoming after years of captivity. 

“It was unbelievable,” Anderson told News Channel 5. “The emotions that everybody felt … sometimes people sit back and say, ‘Wait, law enforcement have emotions about these things.'”

Berry, 27, was rescued May 6 from a Cleveland home where she, her 6-year-old daughter and two other women were held captive and sexually assaulted.

“I think there were tears of joy,” Anderson said of the homecoming. I think everybody’s eyes were misty … she was hugging everybody and she was a little quiet. She was just overwhelmed.”

Border Patrol Agent Found Dead in Waterfall During Family Vacation in Hawaii

Steve Neavling 

Border Patrol Agent Kris Gungon was found dead in a waterfall while at a family vacation in Hawaii with his family, the U-T San Diego reports.

The 31-year-old agent was vacationing with his wife and their infant daughter, U-T San Diego wrote.

The four-year Border Patrol veteran, who was assigned to the El Centro station, was found unconscious Sunday afternoon

Gungon was found 25-feet under water in a pond, U-T San Diego reported.



FBI Agent Shot While Trying to Execute Search Warrant for Murder Suspect

Steve Neavling

An FBI agent issuing a search warrant for a man wanted for murder was shot in an apartment in Las Vegas on Tuesday evening, KTNV 13 reports.

The agent, who has not yet been identified, was wearing a protective vest and did not sustain serious injuries, the ABC affiliate reported.

The FBI was serving a warrant at the Sonoma Shadows Apartment complex when the suspect fired a gun from a window, striking the agent, according to KTNV 13.

The suspect was taken into custody following a standoff with authorities.

FBI Shoots, Kills Orlando Man with Ties to Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

 Steve Neavling

An FBI agent this morning shot and killed an Orlando man after several hours of questioning him about his alleged connections to one of the Boston bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the USA Today reports.

The FBI confirmed that the agent involved in the shooting was “conducting officials duties.”

Citing other media, the USA Today identified the victim as 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev.

A friend of the victim said Todashev knew the Boston bombing suspect because both were involved in mixed martial arts.

Details of the shooting remained unclear this morning.

GOP Leaders Urge Mike Rogers to Stay in Politics, Not Take on Top FBI Job

Steve Neavling

Rep. Mike Rogers is believed to be among President Obama’s top choices for the next FBI director.

But senior Republicans have other plans for him, The Hill reports.

GOP leaders want the seven-term Michigan Republican, who is backed by the FBI Agents Association, to stay in the legislative branch, either to maintain his position as head of the Intelligence Committee or to run for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Democrat Carl Levin, The Hill reported.

“What I do know about him, I like,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member on the Judiciary panel that will oversee the FBI nomination later this year, said. “But I’d rather have him run for the U.S. Senate. How do you get 51 senators? One at a time.”

Fallen FBI Agents Remembered for Their Courage During Memorial Service

Steve Neavling 

Two FBI agents killed during a training exercise last weekend were remembered during a private memorial ceremony at the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial Chapel at Quantico, the Associated Press reports.

FBI Director Robert Mueller praised the agents, Christopher W. Lorek and Stephen P. Shaw, for their “true and unerring valor.”

“We mourn the loss of two brave and courageous men,” Mueller said. “Like all who serve on the Hostage Rescue Team, they accept the highest risk each and every day, when training and on operational missions, to keep our nation safe. Our hearts are with their wives, children, and other loved ones who feel their loss most deeply.”

Members of the bureau’s elite hostage team, the agents fell to their deaths Friday during an exercise with a rope and a helicopter.

Read FBI Director Mueller’s remarks.