The body-armor-clad Boston man who was gunned down after police said he opened fire on cops at his apartment had a history replete with multiple aliases, criminal charges, and accusations of violence, the Boston Herald reports. Kirk Figueroa, the 33-year-old man killed in a frenetic Wednesday night firefight, left a paper trail that spanned the East Coast and describes him as an ex-Army Reservist well-versed in handling guns and private security. Officers Matthew Morris and Richard Cintolo were both critically wounded in the gunfight and underwent surgery yesterday. Nine other officers involved in the shootout and the rescue were treated for stress.
Figueroa, the founder of a company called Code Blue Protection Corp., was convicted of arson in 2010 in Georgia. He was charged with setting his own car ablaze in an apparent bid to collect insurance, though the conviction was later wiped from his record. His estranged wife claimed to have suffered a “history of physical violence” after they wed in 2008, according to a Georgia divorce filing. “Gave me black eyes, choked me, pulled out my hair,” the woman wrote. Figueroa was denied a Florida private investigator license in 2014 as well as clearance to run his own investigative agency a year earlier. In 2014, he served as a corrections officer at a West Virginia maximum security prison for less than a week, before leaving for what officials there described as another “employment opportunity” with Bail Runners LLP, a Boston-based “fugitive recovery” company.