The Three-Minute Interview: Federal fugitive hunter Matt Burke

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Burke is the supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals' Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

How and why did you become a U.S. Marshals' deputy?

I was waiting for a job with the CIA. They suggested I apply to federal law enforcement to get more training and experience while I waited for an opening. After my first fugitive, I was hooked.

Can you tell me about your favorite capture or captures?

There are so many, it's hard to say. There've been mass murderers, Medellin Cartel members, hit men, cop killers, child abductors, rapists, gang members. Anytime a fugitive is wanted for killing or injuring a law enforcement officer, we can't help but take that personally. Unfortunately, I've been involved in several of those types of cases.

Who was the most dangerous person that you helped capture?

The most dangerous fugitives we look for are ones that have made it clear that they are suicidal and want to be killed in a shootout with us.

One fugitive in Baltimore was a hit man for a drug gang and wanted for multiple murders. He told family and friends that he wanted to kill one of us before we killed him. We caught up with him one night and confronted him in the doorway of a rowhouse. He grabbed an infant and held it in front of him like a shield and dared us to shoot him.

After a bit of a standoff, we were able to get close enough to simultaneously grab the baby and tackle him to the ground. At the hospital, while handcuffed to a bed, he pointed his fingers and simulated shooting each team member while he was getting stitches in his face. It's satisfying to know I had a part in putting him in jail forever without anyone getting seriously hurt.

- Scott McCabe

- Scott McCabe

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