In the conclusion of a special two-part episode surrounding the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, retired FBI Special Agent Kyle Vowinkel picks up at the point where the negotiation efforts took center stage.
Vowinkel outlines how he, along with the help of two other members of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, peacefully resolved one of the nation’s biggest manhunts.
By using words and not weapons, Vowinkel was able to establish communication and build rapport with the bomber. Through those actions, a once non-compliant subject willingly exited the boat and surrendered to authorities.
Kyle R. Vowinkel dedicated 33 years of service to his country as an FBI Special Agent, U.S. Army officer and West Point graduate. He has significant leadership experience serving at multiple FBI offices and retired as Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Bureau’s fourth-largest field office, Miami.
He also served on two unique U.S. national assets – the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and the U.S. government’s negotiation arm, the Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU).
As a tactical operator on HRT, he successfully deployed on hundreds of high risk missions domestically as well as overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. At CNU he negotiated with kidnappers, pirates, and even the Boston Marathon bomber who Vowinkel persuaded to peacefully surrender.
Vowinkel has presented to thousands of federal, state, and local partners on leadership and negotiation philosophies. He has been a keynote speaker at West Point, the California Association of Tactical Officers, the Baltimore Hostage Negotiation Seminar, and several FBI National Academy events.