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Man Who Fatally Shot DEA Agent on Amtrak Train in Arizona Was Out of Jail on Bond

Darrion Taylor. Photo: Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

By Steve Neavling

The 26-year-old man who opened fire inside an Amtrak train and killed a DEA agent in Arizona and wounded a city police officer was facing multiple criminal charges in California. 

Darrion Taylor, who died in the shootout, was out of jail on bond in late December, Tucson.com reports.

Taylor had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest in Alameda County following his arrest in 2020. He posted a $25,500 bond on Dec. 29. 

Special Agent Michael Garbo

Special Agent Michael Garbo, a 16-year veteran of the DEA, was fatally shot in the Amtrak train in Tucson while doing a routine inspection for illegal drugs and guns on the train.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Raymond Kelly said the shooting was a preventable tragedy. 

“It’s a disaster, it’s a disaster,” Kelly said. “Everybody involved in the criminal justice will tell you the same thing.”

Funeral Services for DEA Agent Fatally Shot on Amtrak Train Set for Today

DEA Special Agent Michael Garbo. Photo via DEA.

By Steve Neavling

DEA Special Agent Michael Garbo, who was shot and killed by an Amtrak train passenger in Tucson, Ariz., will be remembered with a public funeral this morning. 

Garbo, a 16-year veteran of the DEA, was killed Monday while doing a routine inspection for illegal drugs and guns on the train, and two other law enfacement officers were also wounded. The gunman, who barricaded himself inside a bathroom, died from gunshot wounds.  

A law enforcement procession will take place at Bring’s Broadway Chapel beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Funeral services begin at Calvary Chapel at 10 a.m., followed by an outdoor ceremony at 11:30 a.m. 

Watch the funeral service live here. CBP also is providing a live stream.

NTSB Investigates Fatal Amtrak Derailment In Montana

Amtrak train. Photo courtesy of Amtrak.

By Steve Neavling

The National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene of a fatal passenger train derailment that occurred Saturday in Montana.

NTSB will investigate what caused the derailment, which killed three people and injured more than 50 others. 

The Amtrak train, which was carrying 141 passengers and 16 crew members, was traveling from Seattle to Chicago when it derailed near Toplin, Montana. 

“The NTSB is launching a go-team to investigate Saturday’s derailment of Amtrak’s Empire Builder train near Joplin, Montana,” NTSB tweeted. “Team will be based in Great Falls, Montana.”

NTSB said it expects to hold a news briefing late Monday afternoon. 

In a statement, Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn said Sunday that the company was working with NTSB and others involved in the investigation.

“We share the sense of urgency to understand why the accident happened; however, until the investigation is complete, we will not comment further on the accident itself,” Flynn said.

“The NTSB will identify the cause or causes of this accident, and Amtrak commits to taking appropriate actions to prevent a similar accident in the future.”

The derailment was the first fatal accident involving Amtrak since a passenger and freight train collided in 2018, killing two the company’s employees.

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DEA Accused of Wasting $850,000 on One Informant Who Worked for Amtrak

AmtrakBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Amtrak employee was paid more than $850,000 to act as an informant for the DEA over the past 20 years, but none of the information that was received was new to the federal agency, USA Today reports. 

The employee was assisting a task force aimed at identifying drug trafficking on the passenger train system.

The inspector general said the arrangements violate federal regulations and wasted “substantial government funds.”

The DEA has been long accused of failing to provide oversight of about 240 confidential informants.

FBI Rules Out Gunfire in Deadly Amtrak Crash in Philadelphia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI found no evidence to suggest that gunfire played a role in the deadly Amtrak crash after examining a windshield with a suspicious indentation, ABC News reports. 

“The FBI has completed its examination of the windshield of the Amtrak #188 locomotive and has found no evidence of damage that could have been caused by a firearm. The NTSB has not ruled out the possibility that another object may have struck the windshield. Additional updates on the investigation will be issued later this week,” the NTSB said in a statement.

The NTSB said the investigation may take up to a year to complete.

Investigators discovered there was no communication between the derailed Amtrak train engineer and the dispatch center at the time of the crash.

FBI Tapped to Investigate Whether Amtrak Train Struck by Projectile – Even Bullet

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been tapped to investigate a suspicious mark on the windshield of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia and killed eight people and injured more than 200 people, CNN reports. 

The NTSB is hoping agents can help determine whether an indentation on the windshield of the derailed train was made by a hurled projectile, or even a bullet.

“The FBI will be on the scene (Monday) to assist us to identify what that may have been,” NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Sumwalt said it’s too early to know whether the train was struck.

“We did listen to the dispatch tapes between dispatch and the trains, and indeed the SEPTA engineer did report to dispatch that he had been struck by something. But there was nothing, nothing at all from the Amtrak engineer to dispatch to say that his train had been struck,” he told CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

“Furthermore, we have interviewed the SEPTA engineer. And he did not recall having any conversation between him and the Amtrak engineer. But, nevertheless, we do have this mark on the windshield of the Amtrak train, so we certainly want to trace that lead down.”

 

Investigators Comb Through Train Wreckage for Clues to Deadly Crash

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators were combing through the debris from an Amtrak train crash Tuesday night that killed at least seven people and injured more than 200, The New York Times reports. 

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the probe, will “look at everything that could have led to this occurrence,” lead investigator Robert Sumwalt said.

The train was traveling 106 mph when it hurtled off the tracks.

“We’re trying to understand why was that truing going that fast,” Sumwalt said.

It wasn’t yet clear whether speed was the only factor in the crash.

FBI to Offer $300K Reward for Information on 1995 Train Derailment

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to offer a $300,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect who caused the derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in 1995, The Arizona Republic reports.

The derailment about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix caused the death of one Amtrak employee and the injury of more than 100 others on Oct. 9, 1995.

The tracks were ripped out and sabotaged.

Authorities believe the suspect may be familiar with the track because of the ability to know how to avoid signaling a break in the lines.

The train came off the tracks and plunged off a railroad bridge.

The FBI plans to announce the reward at 9 a.m. Friday at the bureau’s Phoenix field office.