By Jennifer Epstein, NBC NewsWASHINGTON (AP) Former FBI and CIA agent Daniel C. Fletcher, a former counterterrorism operative and a close associate of the family of one of the two Washington police officers killed in the August 2012 ambush in Ferguson, Missouri, has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, authorities said Friday.
Fletcher, 55, was arrested Friday afternoon in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, where he lived and worked as an FBI agent and was a partner in a local law firm, said St. Charles County Prosecutor William Fitzpatrick.
A federal grand jury indicted Fletcher on the charges Friday afternoon.
Fitzpatrick said Fletcher pleaded not guilty to the charges and declined to comment further.
Fergusons attorney, James Henson, said Fletcher is innocent of the charges.
Fellow FBI agent Brian M. Cunningham was killed in August 2012 in a shootout with police after he and a colleague approached a car driven by a white Ferguson resident who had pulled out a gun and pointed it at them.
The shooting that resulted in the deaths of the police officers was captured on cellphone video and sent around the world, prompting protests and nationwide protests that drew national attention.
The shooting, which the St Louis County grand jury decided not to indict, led to months of unrest.
Ferguson police and the FBI reopened their probe into the shootings in August.
They said that investigation is ongoing.
Flynn was arrested in November after being charged in the killing of Cunningham, the first criminal charges filed against Fletcher, according to the St Charles County prosecutor’s office.
Finance director Daniel R. Sutter, a friend of Fletcher, told The Associated Press that Fletcher is a “good guy.”
Fletcher worked at a St. Francis County, Illinois, bank before joining the FBI in 2003, according, to his LinkedIn profile.
His LinkedIn page says he holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.