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Retired DEA agent charged with road rage shooting also worked for Secret Service, protecting presidents

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Former DEA and Secret Service agent Brad Sosnowsky in court © Provided by WPBF West Palm Beach Former DEA and Secret Service agent Brad Sosnowsky in court

High-profile criminal defense attorney Michael Salnick appeared in court with his client, former Drug Enforcement Administration and Secret Service Special Agent Brad Sosnowsky.

Sosnowsky is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and discharging a firearm from a vehicle – stemming from a road rage shooting Monday in Boynton Beach. Police said he shot a 67-year-old driver who approached his car. Sosnowsky claimed self-defense.

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"Mr. Sosnowsky will sign a no-contact order that he has no contact with the alleged victim in this case, Mr. (Thomas) Vanantwerp, " Salnick told the judge.

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This is not the first time Salnick has represented Sosnowsky.

In 2020, Sosnowsky pled guilty to a federal misdemeanor for violating security at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport by entering a sterile area using his retired DEA credentials. His lawyers wrote he is physically disabled and was trying to avoid long lines.

According to those court records, Sosnowsky is a former Marine who, in addition to the DEA, worked seven years for the Secret Service, assigned to the White House and providing security to two presidents.

He also worked for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and is a certified firearms instructor providing tactical training to police departments.

"Your honor, his wife is in the process of taking every weapon out of his house and bringing them to someone outside of Palm Beach County," Salnick said in response to the judge's order allowing no weapons.

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When asked after the hearing by investigative reporter Terri Parker how her husband is doing, Sosnowski's wife replied: "I’m not sure. I haven’t been able to talk to him.”

She and Salnick declined to comment further.

Soskowsky has been in Palm Beach County Court before too.

According to court records, Sosnowsky, in 2015, was ordered by a judge not to have any contact with his sister and mother. In a related case, his sister tried to have him removed from the house their mother owned, alleging that “he became violent…on many occasions” against their mother.

The judge later revised her order to allow Sosnowsky to possess firearms or weapons for employment purposes, and the parties later settled their disputes and had the no-contact order dissolved.

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But in this case, he’s not allowed weapons at all and must post an $85,000 bond.

Boynton Beach police are filing a risk protection order under Florida's so-called "red flag law, which allows law enforcement to ask a judge to take away someone's weapons if they are deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

Sosnowsky has bonded out of jail, and police said the driver is still in the hospital.

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