Apr 11, 2019
In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agents Jim Sweeney and Rich Macko review the March 16, 1994, Broad Street shootout where Rich Macko and another agent were shot and seriously injured, and a drug gang member killed after a violent confrontation that occurred while the agents were attempting a car stop. The surviving gang members had to be tried twice for the attempted assassination of federal officers. FBI Director Louie Freeh visited the agents directly after the shootout and, for their actions, later awarded them the FBI’s highest award for bravery the “Medal of Valor.”
At the time, Jim was the supervisor and Rich a member of the Philadelphia Division’s Violent Traffickers Project, a task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies established in 1988 to investigate violent drug dealers and drug-related murders. Also known as Squad 2, the federally funded unit was responsible for the dismantling of more than 50 gangs that had been selling drugs in the Philadelphia area.
Henry James Sweeney “Jim” served in the FBI for more than 39 years, six as a support employee and 33 as an agent. During his agent time, Philadelphia was his first and only office of assignment. He was the supervisor of Squad 2 for twenty-one years. Jim established the squad in 1986 when the FBI was first given the federal mandate to investigate drugs along with the DEA. Upon retiring from the FBI Jim was employed as a special agent with US Treasury Office of Inspector General traveling the country working Stimulus Funding frauds. Currently, is working as an investigator for the City of Philadelphia, Office of the Inspector General.
Richard Macko served in the FBI for 34 years, three as a support employee and 31 as an agent. For most of his career he conducted long term Criminal Gang and Organized Crime investigations in the Philadelphia Division.. Late in his career, he accepted a special assignment to Boston where he was part of the team who investigated and prosecuted a corrupt retired Boston FBI Supervisor convicted of crimes related to his long-term association with South Boston Organized Crime Boss “Whitey” Bulger. Macko was awarded the “Directors Award for Investigative Excellence” by FBI Director Mueller for his efforts in the case. Before retiring, Macko was deployed to Iraq by the FBI to assist in the investigation of genocide and crimes against humanity under the Iraqi Criminal Law. Currently, he as a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor in Afghanistan for the 101st Airborne and 25th Infantry Divisions of the U.S. Army and went “outside the wire” on more than 50 missions in direct support of our troops.
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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction about greed and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime/history podcast. Her novels—Pay To Play and Greedy Givers—inspired by actual true crime FBI cases, feature temptation, corruption, and redemption, and are available on Amazon.