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Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Suspected of Starting Large Wild Fire

fire via pixabayBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are trying to determine whether an off-duty Border Patrol agent who was target shooting sparked a large wild fire in southern Arizona.

Border Patrol officials indicated in a statement to Fox News that they were aware of an investigation that “involves an off-duty Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent” that they did not identify.”

“The agent was involved in recreational shooting and immediately reported the fire after it begun,” officials with the Tucson Sector added.

State fire officials declined to comment on the investigation.

The fire burned 63 square miles of grass, brush and trees.

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TSA: Southwest Airlines Pilot Caught with Loaded Gun in Carry-on Bag

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A pilot for Southwest Airlines was arrested Monday after security at Albany International Airport said they found a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag.

The TSA said Erick Gibson, 55, of New Orleans, was charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing a weapon.

The .380-caliber handgun, which was loaded with six bullets, was spotted at a security checkpoint.

The TSA said Gibson was released on $200 bail, and the flight to Chicago was delayed by four hours.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Gibson had the gun.

TSA Screener Fired for Missing Loaded Handgun at Airport in Georgia

airport-people-walkingBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA fired a screener who missed a loaded handgun in a passenger’s bag Sunday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Georgia.

Katrina Jackson, of Alabama, said she had no idea the gun was in her bag. When she later opened her bag to get her passport, she spotted the .38-caliber handgun and immediately notified officials, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

The TSA responded in a statement: “This egregious mistake was unacceptable and the officer who was still a probationary employee was immediately and permanently separated from federal service.”

So far this year, screeners at the airport have found 48 guns before they left the security area. The total seized guns last year was 198.

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Man Who Stole Rifle from Parked Homeland Security Car Say He Sold Gun to Drug Dealer

Russel Lawrence

Russel Lawrence

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents worry that a drug dealer is now in possession of a .223-caliber rifle that was stolen from the backseat of a car driven by a Homeland Security agent.

The rifle was stolen while the car was parked overnight in Brighton, N.Y., the Democrat and Chronicle reports. 

The discovery came from Russell Lawrence, a heroin addict who admitted he stole the gun and a tactical police vest.

Lawrence told authorities that he sold the vest and gun to a drug dealer.

The vehicle that was broken into was marked as a DHS car.

According to an affidavit, the agent may have forgotten to lock his car.

FBI: Number of Law Enforcement Officers Killed Declined in 2015

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fewer law enforcement officers were killed as a result of criminal acts in 2015 compared to the year before, the FBI said.

The FBI reports that 51 officers were killed in 2015, and 41 were killed in 2014.

Those officers were killed during traffic stops, tactical operations, ambushes, domestic disturbance calls and while handling inmates.

Of those killed, 38 died from gunshots. More than half were on vehicle patrol.

That does not include the 45 law enforcement officers killed accidentally in the line of duty, often from automobile accidents.

Additionally, more than 50,000 officers were assaulted in 2015.

FBI Asks Judge to Dismiss Lawsuit Over South Carolina Church Shooting

Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the bureau should have prevented Dylan Roof from purchasing a gun that was used in last summer’s South Carolina church massacre.

The FBI argues it was unable to take action because of state and federal limits on background checks and local errors in record-keeping, ABC News reports. 

Roof, who is white, shot nine black parishioners inside Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015, with a .45-caliber handgun. Family of the victims argue in the lawsuit that Roof was barred from purchasing the gun because of a prior drug arrest.

The FBI responded to the lawsuit Friday, saying FBI negligence was not a factor.

“The shooting at the Emanuel AME Church was an atrocity of unspeakable proportions. The perpetrator’s actions were despicable,” attorneys for the government wrote. “But the United States is not liable in tort for the tragic death of plaintiff’s decedent.”

Armed Pennsylvania Man Shot by Secret Service Agent Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison

White_HouseBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An armed Pennsylvania man shot by a Secret Service agent near the White House was sentenced to eight months in prison Tuesday.

Jesse A. Olivieri, 31, was approaching a White House guard booth when he was shot.

The Washington Post reports that the man will be allowed to serve his sentence at a hospital, where he is still recovering from the wound and needs to get treatment for mental illness.

It’s still unclear why Olivieri approached the White House with a silver .22-caliber Ruger handgun, but mental issues appeared to play a role, according to court record.

“He does not seem to have been motivated by a desire to harm others,” Assistant U.S. Attorney John Crabb Jr. wrote in a memo about the government’s sentencing recommendation.

Secret Service Arrests Ex-Cop for Entering Trump Tower with Concealed Gun

Trump Tower in New York City, via Wikipedia.

Trump Tower in New York City, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former police officer was arrested after the Secret Service found him with a concealed gun trying to enter Trump Tower late Tuesday night.

The incident happened as Donald Trump’s motorcade was approaching the building in Manhattan just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Patch.com reports. 

The Secret Service said the man was in a secured area on the sidewalk and refused to obey commands of agents.

Authorities found him with a conceal weapon, which he had a permit to carry.

It was unclear whether the man intended to harm Trump, who “entered the building without incident,” the Secret Service said.