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National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence Urges Obama to Give ATF Resources, Appoint Permanent Director

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence is urging President Barack Obama to provide  ATF with adequate  resources to battle gun violence and appoint a permanent director for the agency.

In a letter dated Nov. 4, Jim Johnson, the Baltimore County Police chief, who is chair of the anti-gun violence organization, wrote to the President:

As you know, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has lacked a permanent Director since March 31, 2015. Given the critical role ATF plays — through investigation and enforcement — in mitigating the harm caused by armed criminals and illegal firearms, it is vital that ATF be publicly recognized as the critically important law enforcement entity it is, and supported through proper resourcing. That includes, ensuring that ATF has the necessary operating funds and that it has a permanent leader.

Just as the White House could not function effectively without a President, no local, state or federal law enforcement agency can do without leadership. ATF’s hard working agents and staff are adversely impacted and the agency is forced to operate at a deficit when the position of ATF Director is left vacant and without a nominee — regardless of the talent, professionalism or commitment of those who serve in the organization.

We implore you to nominate a permanent Director of ATF, and ask that you do so without delay. The law enforcement community has the utmost respect for and confidence in ATF’s Deputy Director Thomas Brandon, a career ATF special agent who has served with distinction and honor as the agency’s Acting Director since March 2015 and as the ATF Deputy Director since October 2011.

Brandon, who heads the agency, was serving as acting director since April. However, law requires that if he is not nominated for the permanent post after a certain number of days, his title revert back to deputy director. That change in title happened last week.

 

Baltimore Co. Man Gets 8 Years for Threatening to Kill an ATF Task Force Officer

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Baltimore County man was sentenced to eight years on Tuesday for threatening to kill an ATF  task force officer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore said. After prison, Allen Shepperd, 38, will be on supervised release for three years.

According to Shepperd’s plea agreement, the Baltimore County Police Department and ATF identified Shepperd as a primary suspect in the arson of a horse barn that had burned down in Monkton, Md. on Aug. 26, 2010.

On March 8, 2011, a Baltimore County detective and an ATF Task Force officer went to the Baltimore County Detention Center where Shepperd had been detained to serve a state indictment on Shepperd, charging him with arson, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Shepperd became very agitated and said he would shoot the ATF task force officer in the head, and when he got out of jail he would meet the officer at restaurant and neither of them would come out alive.

Shepperd held his hand up, imitating a pistol, and pointed it directly at the ATF officer.

Investigators also had recordings of Shepperd telling an  individual and his father in which he repeated the threats, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

 

Secret Service Employee Dies While Fighting a Fire in Baltimore County

Mark Falkenhan/baltimore co. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — An Emergency Services specialist for U.S. Secret Service died Wednesday while fighting a four-alarm fire as a Lutherville, Md., volunteer firefighter in Baltimore County.

Mark G. Falkenhan, 43, a four year employee of the Secret Service, died in a blaze, which was called in as a kitchen fire around at 6:18 p.m.,  according to a press release from the Baltimore County Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services and Rescue. The fire quickly escalated.

“On Wednesday evening, January 19, the U.S. Secret Service lost not only a dedicated employee, but a close friend, colleague and public servant,” U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan said in a statement.

“Mark is one of many Secret Service employees who volunteer their off-duty time to local fire and emergency rescue departments. Mark’s devotion to public service was indicative of the strength of character he possessed and we share in the grief of his loss.”

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