ATF Critically Injured Airport Director in Early Morning Raid; He Has Died – Update


Update 3-21-24: The Executive Director of the Arkansas Clinton Airport, Mr. Malinowski, has died after the ATF raided his home at 6 am and shot him to death. They broke down his door, and he shot once, allegedly first. His wife was home.

Matthew Malinowski, the brother of Bryan Malinowski, says the agents broke down the door of his brother’s home and shot him in the head with a high-caliber rifle.

The ATF burst into his house, and they did it in a manner that was the most dangerous combination possible. Why?” said Matthew Malinowski. “The easiest way to have taken care of this situation – the most common way – would be to wait until he gets in his car, pull over and arrest him. Or you wait until he comes to work and you arrest him there.”

“The ATF should have never raided him like they did. You don’t send a whole group of people with high armed weapons like they did at 6:00 in the morning,” Matt Malinowski said. “Arrest him at work! He goes to work every day. He’s a very public figure.”

Malinowski joined Clinton National in 2008 as director of properties, planning, and development. He was appointed executive director in November 2019 and was responsible for the overall administration, operations, maintenance, and development of the state’s largest airport.

Airport officials were shocked by the violent and unexplained encounter with law enforcement.

Most of Mr. Malinowski’s brain was destroyed.

“They went for a kill shot,” his brother said of the ATF agents. “I did see that they shot five times, and they were shooting to hurt, and Bryan did shoot back at them. He was aiming for the shins, a non-lethal shot.”

“One of the rounds went through about three or four walls,” he added.

The shooting occurred days after Malinowski was in Washington, D.C., meeting with Arkansas congressional lawmakers.

He was well-liked and considered highly competent at work.

“With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of our executive director Bryan Malinowski,” the spokesperson for the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport said in a statement. The spokesperson added that Malinowski was a 16-year employee and that the airport experienced significant growth and success under his leadership.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to Bryan’s wife, Maer, loved ones and friends,” the statement said.

I couldn’t help but wonder if he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 since that is how they treat anyone who entered the building or was on the stairs.

Original Story

The home of the executive director of the Bill and Hillary Clinton Memorial Airport in Arkansas was raided at 6 AM. It was still dark outside. Mr. Bryan Malinowski was critically injured in the shootout that followed.

Federal agents said they were involved in a shootout Tuesday morning while attempting to serve a search warrant in west Little Rock at the home of the head of the Clinton National Airport.

His brother, Matthew Malinowski from Pennsylvania, said he is on life support and missing most of his brain. While he collects guns, he said his brother never uses them. He wants to know why they raided his home instead of at work or on his way to work.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, agents were attempting to serve a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Durance Court just after 6 a.m.

Mr. Malinowski was shot more than once, and once in the head. His brother said it’s grave. He was the subject of the search warrant. The ATF said he fired first.

Federal officials said one ATF agent was shot in the exchange and suffered a non-life-threatening wound. The agent was taken to a local hospital.

The agents said they hit the shooter, identified by Arkansas State Police officials as 53-year-old Bryan Malinowski. ASP officials said Malinowski was treated by medical personnel at the scene before being taken to a nearby hospital.

Shane Carter, public affairs director for the Clinton National Airport, confirmed that Malinowski is the airport’s executive director.

Some reports claim the ATF was serving a no-knock warrant.

According to his biography on the LIT website, Malinowski has worked in the industry for more than 30 years, serving in operational leadership roles at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, El Paso International Airport, and Lehigh Airport. He took over as executive director in 2019.

The media reported about a petty mailbox incident since they had no other information to report. Mr. Malinowski’s neighbor put his mailbox on Malinowski’s property, and the post office backed up the neighbor, Mr. Pinter, saying it was safer for the mailman. Pinter said he’d remove the mailbox if Malinowski ever developed the property. Malinowski was unhappy, and the pair feuded.

It was so early that it was dark outside.

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