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Little Rock airport director injured in shooting with federal agents

Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport Sign
Jason Burt
Arkansas Business

This post was updated at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

The executive director of Little Rock's Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport was injured after opening fire on federal agents Tuesday.

A news release from Arkansas State Police says 53-year-old Bryan Malinowski was injured around 6 a.m. at his home at 4 Durance Court in Little Rock. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were serving a federal search warrant at the time.

Clinton National Airport Executive Director Bryan Malinowski

While it did not mention Malinowski by name, a statement from the ATF New Orleans Field Division said "the subject of the investigation" opened fire on agents attempting to serve the search warrant. An ATF agent was also injured with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

A Clinton National Airport spokesperson confirmed to Little Rock Public Radio that Malinowski was involved in the shooting, but did not provide any further information. Arkansas State Police representatives also declined to comment further.

According to a release from State Police, Malinowski was "injured with gunshot wounds" and was transported to a local hospital. His condition was undisclosed as of Tuesday afternoon.

Arkansas State Police were asked by the ATF and the Little Rock Police Department to investigate the incident.

"An investigative case file will be presented to the prosecuting attorney, who will determine whether the use of deadly force was consistent with Arkansas law," the statement reads.

According to the Clinton National Airport website, Malinowski has worked at the airport since 2008. He was appointed executive director in 2019.

Daniel Breen is News Director of Little Rock Public Radio.