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Ex-Head of Dallas FBI Wanted to Fire Agent Now Accused of Threatening to Kill Wife and Current Head of Office

dallas-map1By Allan Lengel

The ex-FBI agent accused of threatening to kill his estranged wife and the head of the Dallas FBI should have been dismissed 18 years ago after he was involved in a seven-hour standoff with the SWAT team, the former head of the office told the Dallas Morning News.

Oliver “Buck” Revell, the former special agent in charge of the Dallas office, told the paper that he recommended firing agent Carlos Ortiz, but his superiors in Washington rejected it, pointing out that psychiatrists had deemed him fit for duty.

Ortiz had barricaded himself in his home over “job stress and personal issues,” the Dallas Morning News reported.

“They came back and said it was stress induced, and as soon as it was dealt with, he would be just fine,” Revell told the paper. “My recommendation to headquarters was unequivocal that this man was not qualified to be an agent or carry a weapon and I want him out of my office. They said, ‘Well that would be a discriminatory action.’ ”

A magistrate judge ruled that Ortiz was a danger to society and ordered him held in jail pending his trial on federal charges of threatening to kill his estranged wife, who is an FBI analyst, and the head of the Dallas FBI.

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