Man Shot And Killed After ATF Raid During Investigation Of Clinton Airport

 March 21, 2024

A quiet morning in Little Rock was shattered early Tuesday when federal agents and the executive director of a major airport exchanged gunfire.

CNS News reported that federal agents were met with gunfire by Bryan Malinowski, the executive director of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, while trying to serve a search warrant at his home in Little Rock, resulting in injuries on both sides.

The incident occurred just after the sun rose over West Little Rock. At the heart of this confrontation was Bryan Malinowski, 53, a well-respected aviation industry figure and the Clinton National Airport leader.

Malinowski, from within his residence, fired upon federal agents. The agents, in response, returned fire, wounding him in the process. After being treated at the scene, Malinowski was transported to a hospital in another area. Details concerning his condition remained scant as of later Tuesday.

The role of the ATF in a critical situation

In the line of duty, an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) also suffered injuries.

Thankfully, the agent was swiftly taken to a local hospital with wounds described as non-life-threatening.

The specifics behind the search warrant, which sparked this episode of violence, have yet to be divulged. It's noted that an ongoing investigation is the reason for this silence, according to the ATF, state police, and federal prosecutors.

In a particularly tense scene later in the day, Little Rock firefighters were observed employing a power saw and a tool known for its efficacy in forcible entry, a Halligan, to assist ATF agents. Their task was to penetrate a safe within Malinowski's dwelling around 2:35 p.m.

A career dedicated to aviation

Before this harrowing day, Bryan Malinowski was known for his dedication to the airline industry. His career, extending over 30 years, was marked by leadership positions across various airports before his tenure at the Clinton National Airport.

His journey at the Clinton National Airport began in 2008 when he joined the management team. A mere year later, he ascended to the role of deputy director and was eventually promoted to executive director in 2019.

His leadership spanned over a decade at the airport, likely contributing significantly to its operations and development. The turn of events on this early Tuesday morning sparked many questions about what led to such a confrontation.


A routine operation to serve a search warrant turned into a violent encounter at Bryan Malinowski's residence. Both Malinowski and an ATF agent were wounded during the altercation.

Malinowski, admired for his extensive aviation industry career and leadership at the Clinton National Airport, now finds himself at the center of an unfolding investigation. The details behind the search warrant and the factors that culminated in this confrontation remain under wraps, with the community awaiting further revelations.

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