U.S. Attorney Will Thompson announces ATF, AHIDTA Gun Crime Mobile Unit to deploy in Raleigh, Kanawha counties

U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Ga. speaks about gun crimes
U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Ga. speaks about gun crimes
Published: May. 26, 2023 at 3:01 PM EDT
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RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (WVVA) - U.S. Attorney Will Thompson will be joining officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) to provide high-tech assistance targeting gun violence to law enforcement agencies throughout the Southern District of West Virginia.

An ATF National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) mobile unit, operated in partnership with Appalachia HIDTA, will deploy on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, to the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office in Beckley and the West Virginia State Police Academy in Dunbar, to conduct training for local law enforcement and provide investigative support by analyzing ballistic evidence from gun crimes.

The training will aid the ongoing support that NIBIN will provide law enforcement throughout the district.

NIBIN is the only national network that allows for the capture and comparison of ballistic evidence to aid in solving and preventing violent crimes involving firearms. NIBIN is a proven investigative and intelligence tool that can link firearms from multiple crime scenes, allowing law enforcement to quickly disrupt shooting cycles. ATF maintains and operates NIBIN’s infrastructure at no charge to law enforcement partners.

Thompson, ATF Special Agent in Charge Shawn Morrow of the Louisville Division, which includes West Virginia, and Appalachia HIDTA Executive Director Vic Brown will hold a press conference with law enforcement officials at each location. A tour and demonstration of the NIBIN mobile unit will follow each press conference.

Those press conferences will be held at these locations and times:

WHEN: Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


  • 11 a.m.: Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, 308 Ned Payne Drive, Beckley
  • 2:30 p.m.: West Virginia State Police Academy, 135 Academy Drive, Dunbar