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D.C. crimefighter takes over Detroit’s FBI office

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

Detroit — A veteran crime fighter from Washington, D.C., was named Tuesday the new head of the FBI office in Detroit, the bureau’s fifth leader in the last three years.

David Gelios, 53, takes over an FBI office that has seen continued turnover and, last month, drawn criticism from Muslim leaders after The Detroit News revealed agents were flying secret surveillance flights over Dearborn and Metro Detroit.

The office also has yet to solve arguably its most high-profile case: the March shooting of U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg.

Berg was wounded March 5 in a shooting outside his Detroit home near Seven Mile and Livernois.

Two men, believed to be aged 18-25, demanded to be let inside Berg's house as he was collecting his trash cans. When he refused, he was shot. His wife and 16-year-old son were home at the time. The two fled in a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger, according to the FBI.

Berg underwent surgeries and was undergoing physical therapy following the shooting.

A $50,000 reward is being offered. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (313) 965-2323 (select 0), the U.S. Marshals Service at (313) 234-5600, or Detroit Police Department at (313) 267-4600.

Gelios is an Ohio native who has served in Kentucky, California, Connecticut, Alaska and Washington, D.C.

Most recently, he oversaw FBI field office inspections, national program reviews and agent-involved shooting investigations.

A trained crisis negotiator and investigator who has worked on complex financial and violent crime cases, Gelios replaces Paul Abbate, who was named last month assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office.

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