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FBI Retired Case File Review

The host of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams is a retired FBI agent writing crime fiction inspired by true crime FBI cases. In this podcast, she interviews retired FBI agents about their most intriguing and high-profile cases, reviews how the FBI is portrayed in books, TV, and movies and recommends crime fiction. Photos and links to articles about the cases and topics discussed can be found at

Apr 11, 2019

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.  

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