Arkansas airport director seriously injured during shootout with ATF agents

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National Airport CEO Bill and Hillary Clinton in Arkansas, who was wounded during a shooting at his home Tuesday morning, allegedly shot at federal agents as they attempted to serve a search warrant, authorities said.

Bryan Malinowski, 53, was beaten during the exchange of fire shortly after 6 a.m., when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrived, the agency said.

“The subject of the investigation was wounded by firearms,” ​​the ATF said in a statement.

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Bryan Malinowski, CEO of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport

Bryan Malinowski, executive director of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, was shot Tuesday while federal agents were serving a search warrant. (Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport)

The injured officer had non-life-threatening injuries, the ATF said.

On Wednesday, Malinowski’s older brother, Matthew Malinowski, 55, told Fox News Digital that his brother was shot in the head and that doctors did not expect him to survive. He had been unconscious since Wednesday, he said.

The ATF declined to say which search warrant was in connection with, and Matthew Malinowski, a Pennsylvania resident, said he had not been told anything about the circumstances of the case. He noted that his brother was an avid firearms collector.

“Right now it’s all speculation,” he said. “I have a feeling he bought something he shouldn’t have bought. That’s the only thing I can think of.”

The shooting came as a shock to the younger Malinowski, who said his brother was in Washington, D.C., meeting with Arkansas senators a few days ago.

“That’s the circle he ran in,” he said.

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The ATF declined to say what the search warrant for Bryan Malinowski’s home in West Little Rock was related to. (FoxNews)

Bryan Malinowski also owned five properties, earned between $270,000 and $280,000 a year and was responsible for about 2,000 employees under him at the Little Rock airport, his brother said.

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“When you’re in that position, life is wonderful. Why would you ruin it with one little infraction?” Matthew Malinowski said. “She always kept her nose clean. She had no enemies that I know of.”

Bryan Malinowski’s mother, Barbara Haigh, expressed her sadness over the situation.

“That’s my baby. That’s one of my babies,” she said.

Arkansas State Police are investigating the case.

Shane Carter, public affairs director at Clinton National Airport, previously told Fox News Digital that Malinowski is the airport’s CEO. He declined further comment.

However, hours after the shooting, Airport Commission Chairman Bill Walker named Tom Clarke the airport’s interim CEO.

Arkansas State Police Vehicle

Arkansas State Police are investigating a shooting at the home of an airport executive that involved federal agents. (Arkansas State Police)

“Today’s incident saddens us and we pray for everyone involved,” he said Tuesday. “As chairman of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, I have named Tom Clarke, deputy airport CEO, as interim CEO. Daily airport operations continue as normal.”

Malinowski joined Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in 2008, as director of Properties, Planning and Development and was promoted to deputy director in 2009, according to his biography on the airport’s website. He became CEO in 2019, according to a profile on the airport’s website.

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He brought more than 30 years of airport leadership experience when he was hired, holding positions at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, El Paso International Airport and Lehigh Valley International Airport.

Shea De Bruyn, who lives next door to Malinowski, said FOX 16 who woke up to gunshots across the street.

“I heard about five or six loud bangs,” De Bruyn said. “My heart was racing and the dogs were barking. I’m really curious to know what was going on a few houses over.”

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