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Foundation Creates Fund for Family of ATF Agent Who Was Critically Injured in Shooting

By Steve Neavling

The National Police Defense Foundation is raising money for the family of an ATF agent who was critically injured in a shootout in early October in Tennessee. 

Special Agent Adam Daniels was trying to arrest Corey Daniel Wellman as part of a drug-related investigation when the shootout occurred in a parking lot along Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville. 

Wellman was killed in the shooting. 

Daniels remains at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with serious injuries. 

“His family has been devastated by the shooting and have incurred significant expenses for out of state travel, lodging and associated costs so they could be with the agent to provide the support he needs during his hospitalization and the long road toward recovery and physical rehabilitation,” the foundation states.

All of the contributions will go directly to Daniels’ family. To donate, call 1-888-SAFE-COP or visit the foundation’s website.

Eric Velez-Villar Named Assistant Director of Office of Private Sector at FBI Headquarters

Special Agent Eric Velez-Villar

By Steve Neavling

Retired Special Agent Eric Velez-Villar has been named assistant director of the Office of Private Sector at FBI headquarters. 

The Office of Private Sector operates under the FBI Intelligence Branch and is tasked with strengthening partnerships between the bureau and the private sector.

Before becoming a special agent in 1992, Velez-Villar began his FBI career as a computer scientist in the San Juan Field Office in Puerto Rico. As a special agent, he investigated organized crime and drug cases in the McAllen Resident Agency of the San Antonio Field Office in Texas. 

In 1997, he transferred to the San Juan office and investigated public corruption cases and violent crimes.

In 2000, Velez-Villar became a supervisory special agent in the Drug Section of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters. He was detailed to the DEA for two years.

In 2002, he transferred to the Santa Ana Resident Agency of the Los Angeles Field Office, where he investigated organized crime. He was later reassigned to supervise the Orange County Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). 

In 2004, Velez-Villar was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles counterterrorism program, where he oversaw three regional JTTFs. In 2006, Velez-Villar was promoted to deputy director of the Terrorist Screening Center before returning to Los Angeles as special agent in charge of the office’s Intelligence Division in 2007. 

In 2009, he was named deputy assistant director in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters, in charge of the Intelligence Operations Branch.

In 2012, he became assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence and was promoted to executive assistant director of the Intelligence Branch in 2014. 

After retiring in 2016, Velez-Villar worked as vice president for security at the Walt Disney Company and established a security consulting firm.

Velez-Villar received a bachelor’s degree from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Timothy Waters Named Special Agent in Charge of Detroit Field Office

Timothy Waters, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

Timothy Waters has been tapped to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office, where he began his career with the bureau two decades ago.  

Waters, who most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) in Virginia, joined the FBI in 2000, working as a special agent investigating white-collar crime in the Detroit Field Office. 

Following the 9/11 attack, Waters started working counterterrorism and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to support military and intelligence community operations in 2005 and 2006.

Waters became a supervisory special agent in 2017 and led a section of Detroit’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. One of his investigations included the attempted bombing of an airplane at Metro Airport in Detroit on Christmas 2009. 

In 2010, Waters became the legal attaché in Islamabad. 

He returned to Detroit in 2011, serving as supervisor of a Joint Terrorism Task Force that focused on al Qaeda and al Qaeda-inspired terrorists.

In 2014, Waters became assistant special agent in charge of administrative matters in Detroit and was reassigned in 2016 as the assistant special agent in charge of Detroit’s National Security Branch, making him responsible for all counterterrorism, cyber, counterintelligence, and weapons of mass destruction investigations in Michigan.

In 2019, Waters began serving as the director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, an FBI-led, multi-agency squad in charge of coordinating, integrating, and sharing cyber threat information. 

Earlier this year, he was named deputy assistant director of CIRG, where he helped lead the FBI’s response to critical incidents worldwide.

Before joining the FBI, Waters served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army for eight years. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Craig Fair Named Special Agent in Charge of San Francisco Field Office

Craig Fair, special agent in charge of the San Francisco Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

Craig Fair has been named the special agent in charge of the San Francisco Field Office after serving there as the deputy special agent in charge for the past three years.

Fair’s career with the FBI began at the San Francisco Field Office in 1998, serving as a special agent working counterintelligence matters. He was promoted to supervisory special agent in 2015, overseing a counterintelligence squad.

In 2008, Mr. Fair began serving as a unit chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., overseeing the bureau’s domestic and extraterritorial investigations and operations countering foreign intelligence collection matters. In 2011, he became acting section chief of Clandestine Services before returning to San Francisco as the assistant special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Branch. 

Fair oversaw San Francisco’s counterterrorism program, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Special Weapons and Tactics Program, and several other programs.

In 2013, Fair returned to FBI headquarters, serving as section chief of the Executive Staff Section of the National Security Branch (NSB). In addition, he served as the special assistant to the NSB executive assistant director. 

In 2014, Fair became deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, leading the FBI’s efforts in preventing, countering, and investigating threats of terrorism or proliferation involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive weapons.

In 2016, Fair returned to San Francisco to serve again as the assistant special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Program before he was named the deputy special agent in charge in 2017.

Fair received a Bachelor of Arts in political economics from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa, and a Master of Arts in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

Darrin E. Jones Named Executive Assistant Director of Science & Technology Branch at FBI Headquarters

FBI Special Agent Darrin Jones, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

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Darrin E. Jones has been named executive assistant director (EAD) of the Science and Technology Branch at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.

Jones, who had been serving as assistant director of the Information Technology Infrastructure Division, will oversee the Criminal Justice Information Services, Laboratory, and Operational Technology Divisions.

Jones’s FBI career began in 1997, when he served as a special agent in the Salt Lake City Field Office, investigating international drug trafficking and cybercrime and helped lead the counterterrorism planning for the 2002 Olympics.

In 2003, he became supervisor and served as a congressional liaison in the Office of Congressional Affairs at headquarters.

In 2005, Jones became a supervisor in the Operational Technology Division at Quantico, Va.

He began serving as the cyber program supervisor at the Albuquerque Field Office in 2007, managing criminal cyber cases and national security intrusion investigations. In 2009, Jones oversaw the construction of the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory and served as director of the lab, which provides digital forensics services to the law enforcement and national security communities.

In 2011, Jones was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Anchorage Field Office.

In 2013, Jones returned to FBI headquarters as a section chief in the Operational Technology Division, coordinating technical and policy matters related to electronic communication interception.

In March 2017, he was named special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Office in Missouri.

In 2018, Jones earned an advanced certification in Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University.

In 2019, Jones was appointed to assistant director of the Information Technology Infrastructure Division.

Jones earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska.

Off-Duty FBI Agent Shot Man Twice in Chest During Altercation in San Francisco

By Steve Neavling

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An off-duty FBI agent shot a man in San Francisco during an altercation in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood late Saturday night.

The shooting happened at 11:34 p.m. and left the man injured with two gunshot wounds to the chest, the San Francisco Examiner reports.

He was taken to a hospital and listed in non-life threatening conditions early Sunday morning.

The FBI agent, who was not identified, was uninjured.

A witness told the Examiner that three men were in an altercation, and one man slammed another against a wall before pulling out a gun and pulling the trigger at least twice. The witness said he saw the man with a gun pull out a badge and identify himself as law enforcement.

“The FBI takes any shooting incident involving our agents or task force members seriously,” FBI spokesperson Prentice Danner said. “In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident is under investigation by the FBI’s Inspection Division. The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”

The San Francisco Police Department’s Homicide Detail also is investigating.

Calvin A. Shivers Named Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation Division at FBI Headquarters

Calvin A. Shivers

By Steve Neavling

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Calvin A. Shivers has been named assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Shivers had been serving as the deputy assistant director of the division.

Shivers became an FBI special agent in 1990 and was assigned to the Lafayette Resident Agency of the New Orleans Field Office, where he investigated violent crime, gangs, white-collar crime, public corruption, and transnational organized crime. In 1996 he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Personnel Resources Unit at headquarters, managing the bureau’s national recruiting program.

In 1999, Shivers moved to the Counterterrorism Division for two years and then was transferred to the Washington Field Office as the supervisor of a violent crime squad and a violent gang Safe Streets Task Force.

In 2006, Shivers was promoted to unit chief of the bureau’s Safe Streets and Gang Unit at headquarters, managing the FBI’s gang program and 140 Safe Streets Task Forces across the nation.

In 2008, Shivers was promoted to assistant section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division, where he managed operational and intelligence programs that focused on violent crime, narcotics trafficking, and violent street gangs.

In 2013, he became assistant special agent in charge in the San Antonio Field Office in Texas, overseeing criminal and crisis management matters.

In 2015, Shivers returned to headquarters, serving as the chief of the Violent Crimes Against Children Section, which oversees child abductions, child pornography, and child sex trafficking investigations.

In 2016, Shivers was appointed special agent in charge of the Denver Field Office, and in 2018 was promoted to deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division.

Shivers was twice deployed to Iraq and once to Turkey during his time with the bureau.

Shivers earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a law degree from the Catholic University of America.

William ‘Chris’ Hoffman Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office

FBI Special Agent William “Chris” Hoffman.

By Steve Neavling

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William “Chris” Hoffman, who was serving as an inspector at FBI headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the bureau’s Cincinnati Field Office.

Hoffman’s career as an FBI special agent began in 1998 at the Durant Resident Agency, Choctaw Nation of the Oklahoma City Field Office, where he investigated Indian Country crimes, ranging from homicides and public corruption to crimes against children.

In 2003, Hoffman was transferred to the Guam Resident Agency of the Honolulu Field Office, serving as the coordinator of the FBI’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force for the Western Pacific.

In 2006, he began working at the Birmingham Field Office in Alabama before becoming the first agent from that office to deploy on temporary duty to Iraq. In addition, he served as coordinator of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Birmingham between 2007 and 2011. Hoffman was elevated to supervisory special agent in 2011, serving on Birmingham’s Counterterrorism Squad as the program coordinator for international terrorism, domestic terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction.

In 2015, Hoffman became an assistant inspector and team leader in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.

In 2016, Hoffman served as assistant special agent in charge of the criminal and administrative branches and the SWAT team for the Memphis Field Office in Tennessee. In 2018, he returned to Washington as an inspector.

Before joining the FBI, Hoffman earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Clemson University. He went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as an officer and detective in the Greenville Police Department in South Carolina.