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Arkansas Airport Director Dies, After Tuesday Shootout with Feds

The executive director of Little Rock’s airport, who was injured earlier this week in a shootout with federal agents serving a search warrant at his home, died on Thursday. In a statement, officials from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport said that Bryan Malinowski, 53, died at noon. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said agents attempted to serve the warrant just after 6 a.m. Tuesday at Malinowski’s home in west Little Rock when someone inside fired gunshots at the agents. The agents returned fire, striking the shooter, who was identified as Malinowski, the Associated Press reports.

Malinowski bought over 150 guns between May 2021 and February 2024 that he resold without a dealer’s license, according to a statement released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Though Malinowski bought the guns through legal means, he checked a box on the purchase form to say they were for his own use, according to the document. He would then resell them in as little as 24 hours through gun shows where he maintained a table or through private sales. About a half-dozen of the guns were found after being linked to a crime, and undercover federal agents bought three more from Malinowski at Arkansas gun shows, the affidavit said.


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