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How FBI Background Check Failed to Prevent Felon from Buying Gun That Injured 3 Officers

Marlin Mack

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Marlin Mack, a felon with an extensive rap sheet, passed an FBI background check to buy a gun that he used to shoot and kill a university graduate student and wound three Kansas City police officers.

So how was the 25-year-old able to pass the background check?

FBI Spokesman Stephen Fischer told Fox4 that Mack gave false information on his application to buy the gun.

“Mr. Mack provided false biographical information at the time of his firearm purchase. That information can only be verified at the point of sale,” Fischer said. “The false information was submitted to the FBI and searched through the national instant criminal background check system (NICS).  As the false information did not match a prohibited record, the request was cleared to proceed.”

But Fox4 discovered that the FBI still should have discovered that Mack had “a long list of felony convictions.”

For answers, reporters turned to retired FBI agent Michael Tabman, who routinely does background checks for his company, Spirit Asset Protection.

FOX4 gave him the exact information provided to the FBI and asked him to see what he could find.

Tabman entered the name Marlin Mack with the birthday Mack provided, 5-25-93, and Marlin James Mack Jr. popped up right away with a long list of felony convictions.

Although the middle name is not the same, Tabman said this should have at least triggered a three-day hold while the FBI investigated further.

When FOX4 asked Fischer about the information we uncovered, he replied, “We have no further comment at this time.”

3 Suspects Injured in Shootout with Police, FBI Face Aggravated Assault Charges

Jason Trevillion, 32, Ernest Jones, 27, and Arthur Mitchell, 25, have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer.

Jason Trevillion, 32, Ernest Jones, 27, and Arthur Mitchell, 25, have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A shootout between three man and the FBI and Kansas City police officers has prompted charges against the wounded suspects.

The men, Jason Trevillion, 32, Ernest Jones, 27, and Arthur Mitchell, 25, have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer, The Kansas City Star reports

Gunfire broke out after several members of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force tried to make a traffic stop in Kansas City, Kansas, on Nov. 6.

All three suspects sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and no police officer was injured.

Authorities have yet to say what prompted the stop and how many officers were involved.

A 20-Year Veteran of FBI Takes Over Bureau’s Kansas City Office

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Darrin Jones, a 20-year FBI veteran, has been appointed to lead the bureau’s Kansas City office.

Jones will replace Eric Jackson, who will head the FBI office in Dallas, the Kanas City Star reports. 

A native of Nebraska, Jones joined the FBI in 1997.

Most recently, Jones was an executive within the Technical Collection Branch of the FBI’s Operation Technology Division in Quantico, Va.

Before that, he served in the Salt Lake City office, helping leader counterterrorism efforts ahead of the 2002 Olympics.

Jones also served in leadership positions the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs, Operational Technology Division and the field offices in Anchorage, Alaska, and Albuquerque, N.M.

FBI Investigating Deadly Bar Shootings of Indians as Possible Hate Crime

Shooting suspect Adam Purinton.

Shooting suspect Adam Purinton.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a shooting that killed one Indian man and injured another at a crowded bar in a Kansas City suburb to determine whether a hate crime was committed.

According to witnesses, Adam W. Purinton, 51, opened fire after telling the men to “get out of my country,” CNN reports. 

The shooting killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32. The victim’s friend, Alok Madasani, 32, was injured. Both men are originally from India.

A bar patron, Ian Grillot, 24, also was injured.

Purinton faces up to life in prison after he was charged with premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder.

Authorities on Thursday declined to say whether the shooting was a hate crime.

ATF Sends About 20 Agents to Help Investigate Shooting of Kansas City Officer

USA_-_KANSAS_-_Kansas_City_police_departmentBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is helping police investigate the fatal shooting Tuesday of a Kansas City, Kansas, officer.

Police said 46-year-old Capt. Robert Melton was gunned down while investigating report of a drive-by shooting, the Imperial Valley Press reports. 

The ATF has sent about 20 agents to the scene of the shooting. They will be on hand to provide help with ballistics and any other facets of the investigation.

A spokesman for the police department said it wasn’t clear whether the officers on the scene were ambushed.

“The investigation needs to play out before that can be determined,” he said.

Man Killed in Shootout with DEA Outside of His Kansas City Home

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man was killed after shooting at DEA agents who went to his Kansas City home to serve a warrant.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that DEA agents returned fire and struck the suspect in the leg. l

After a four-hour standoff at the home, the man emerged from the house and pointed his gun at officers, police said.

Fearing for their safety, law enforcement officers fired back, killing the suspect.

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Florida Man Accused of Plotting Terrorist Attack on Sept. 11 Anniversary

fbi logo largeA 20-year-old man living with his parents in Florida is accused of encouraging a terrorist attack in Kansas City on today’s 14th anniversary of Sept. 11, the Washington Post reports. 

Joshua Ryne Goldberg was charged with distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction.

“Hopefully there will be some jihad on the anniversary of 9/11,” Goldberg is accused of telling an FBI informant in a direct message.

The FBI said lengthy discussions occurred between Goldberg and the informant.

“The Jews are the worst enemies of Allah,” a social media post read. “When Islam conquers Australia, every single Jew will be slaughtered like the filthy cockroaches that they are.”

Goldberg is accused of offering to help detonate a bomb.

“Have you decided what kind of attack to carry out on 9/11 … I was thinking a bombing. We could make pipe bombs and detonate them at a large public event.”

Homeland Security Raids Lingerie Boutique for Selling Kansas City Royals panties

Via birdiespanties.com

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security raided a lingerie boutique for selling panties celebrating the Kansas City Royals’ presence in the World Series, Pitch.com reports.

“We’ve had so many cops come in and buy these,” the artist at Birdies, Peregrine Honig, said.

The panties were selling for about $30.

Homeland Security agents issued a cease-and-desist order and confiscated the remaining undies, which was emblazoned with the words, “Take the crown.”

The problem, the shop owner said, was that the “K” and “C” were connected, much like it is on the Royals emblem.

“We’d just restocked, and they were literally hot off the press,” Honig said.

Homeland Security officers claim the panties infringed on major league baseball copyright.

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