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Secret Service Agent Who Was Wounded in Reagan Assassination Attempt Says He Accepts Hinckley’s Release

John Hinckley Jr

By Steve Neavling

John W. Hinckley Jr., who shot Ronald Reagan and three others outside a D.C. hotel in 1981, will be released on June 15, and a Secret Service agent who was wounded in the shooting said he accepts the judge’s ruling, NBC Chicago reports

In issuing a written release order, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said Hinckley, who turns 67 on Sunday, doesn’t appear to pose a danger anymore. 

“John Hinckley tried to kill the president of the United States. He came very close to doing so,” Friedman said Wednesday. But “without losing sight of what he did 40 years ago, he has been the most scrutinized person [in America’s mental health system] … living under a microscope as none of us have.”

Then-Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy, who was wounded in the shooting, spoke after the ruling Wednesday. 

“I hope they’re right,” McCarthy said. “They seem to have been right so far, but there isn’t much room for error.”

He added, “The doctors have said he’s no longer a danger for himself or others and I’ll take their word on that. And as I said during the last 10 years or so when he was released from time to time and they increased it, he hasn’t violated any of the rules, so that’s encouraging.”

In addition to Reagan and McCarthy, Hinckley also shot White House press secretary James Brady and Washington Police Officer Tim Delahanty. 

Today Marks 40th Anniversary of Hinkley’s Failed Assassination Attempt of Reagan

President Reagan assassination attempt, via Wikipedia.

Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.

Reagan had just finished speaking to AFL-CIO leaders when he stepped out of the Washington D.C. Hilton and was struck by a bullet. 

John Hinkley Jr. said he opened fire to impress actress Jodie Foster. He shot press secretary James Brady, police officer Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy. 

Secret Service Agent Jerry Carr whisked Reagan into the backseat of an armored limo and ordered the driver to a nearby hospital. 

Carr was credited with saving the president’s life. 

FBI Agent Who Headed Reagan Assassination Attempt Dies

John Nicholas Meisten III (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel

Retired FBI agent John Nicholas Meisten III, who headed the probe into the attempted assassination of President Reagan, has died. He was 76.

Meisten  died June 30 at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after an eight-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

“My father rarely spoke of his career to anyone but former FBI agents or his closest friends,” daughter Kimberly Meisten told the paper. “He had a calling to serve his country and a passion for justice. The contributions he made during his career with the FBI, along with the relationships he made with so many exceptional men and women in his FBI family, were some of the most fulfilling and cherished times of his life.”

To read his obituary click here.

Secret Service Agent Credited with Saving President Reagan’s Life Died

President Reagan assassination attempt, via Wikipedia.

President Reagan assassination attempt, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent who helped save President Ronal Reagan from a 1981 assassination attempt, has died at a hospice in Washington, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

He died Friday of congestive heart failure at the age of 85.

Parr shoved the president into a limousine after John Hinckley Jr. unloaded five shots – one of which struck Reagan – outside the Washington Hilton.

“Jerry Parr was one of my true heroes,” Nancy Reagan said in a statement Friday. “Without Jerry looking out for Ronnie on March 30, 1981, I would have certainly lost my best friend and roommate to an assassin’s bullet.”

Parr was born in Montgomery, Ala., in September 1930 and was thrust into the spotlight after being credited with saving the president’s life.

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How a Secret Service Agent Inadvertently Fired a Shotgun at Iranian President Motorcade

Steve Neavling 

In a chilling close call in September 2006, a Secret Service agent inadvertently fired his shotgun as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was loading a motorcade, The Atlantic reports.

The Secret Service called the report inaccurate.

The Atlantic reported that the agent was adjusting a shotgun on a Suburban when the gun went off .

“Everyone just stopped,” one official recalled to the Atlantic. “The Iranians looked at us and we looked at the Iranians. The agent began to apologize. Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into his car.”

Fearing Ahmadinejad would reveal the incident – one that could be incorrectly seen as an assassination attempt – federal authorities were relieved when the president never uttered a word.

The incident just became public because of an anonymous source who was there.

Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service issued a statement Thursday:

“In September of 2007, one of our personnel assigned to the Iranian presidential protective detail accidentally discharged one round from a Heckler & Koch MP-5 into the floorboard of a Secret Service vehicle while conducting an equipment inspection. At the time of the discharge the vehicle was parked in a motorcade staging area at the United Nations. There were no protectees or foreign security personnel in the vicinity of the vehicle at the time of the discharge. There were no injuries sustained by anyone as a result of the incident.

The Secret Service takes weapons handling and safety very seriously and a full investigation was conducted by our Inspection Division at that time. This matter was handled internally and in an appropriate manner.”