Sunday, January 31, 2016

About Brian Blackwell Investigations

My Process in Becoming a Private Investigator
After being the victim of an attempted murder in June of 1993, I decided to devote my life to a career in investigation and protective services. I studied and apprenticed, taking courses in criminal and civil law, criminal investigations, legal procedures, evidence analysis and preservation, interviewing techniques, criminal justice, firearms training, security and defensive tactics.

After being (honorably) discharged from the United States Army in November of 1991, I worked in the mortgage business. Then the following occurred:
I had driven my car into the parking lot of the office building where the mortgage company was located in Tacoma on a Wednesday at about 9 p.m., and parked. I got out of my car and began walking toward the door of the office building when I heard several footsteps coming toward me from behind. I turned around and saw four young males that appeared to be in their mid-teens approaching me; one leading the way and holding a gun in his right hand. I knew I did not have time to get back in my car to escape or escape on foot without being shot. It was clear the only chance I had of surviving was to confront the situation and hope for the best. I took a defensive stance by standing with one leg forward so as to not be knocked down easily, and quickly calculated my options.

I remember thinking: the best chance I have of surviving is to disarm the gun and wrestle it out of his hand if he can’t fire the gun, he can’t kill me. Even though there were four of them, I concentrated on the one with the gun.

The one holding the gun stood in front of me demanding money and it was clear from the look in his eyes that he had no intention of letting me live. As a diversion, I gave the impression that I was reaching into my front left pants pocket to retrieve money, which fortunately made him slightly lower the gun and move it to his left away from my body and gave me the opportunity to control the situation and get the gun away from him. I pushed it further away from my body using my right hand and began ramming my left index and middle fingers behind the trigger to jam it and prevent the gun from being able to be fired as I attempted to wrestle the weapon out of his hand.

As a side note, he was able to fire a round before I could get my fingers behind the trigger to jam the gun, but the bullet did not hit me. (Out of the corner of my right eye, I saw the brass cartridge laying on the ground from the bullet bouncing off the pavement.)

I continued ramming my fingers behind the trigger. He tried to fire the gun again several times as I was pushing my fingers behind the trigger and wrestling for control over the weapon. Fortunately, the other three did nothing but watch. He eventually gave up and released his grip on the gun’s handle and they all ran off down the street.

I pulled my sore, bloody fingers out from behind the trigger I had cut one finger on a burr that was on the backside of the trigger. I cleared and secured the gun, and called 911; sheriff’s deputies responded. I turned over the gun to the deputies and told them what had happened. I could tell by the look on their faces they were amazed by my actions. One deputy said, “You’re lucky to be alive.” I responded, “Anyone who tries to kill me is going to have to earn it.”

Seattle , Washington USA

Monday, January 11, 2016

Criminal Investigation Seattle WA

What is a Criminal Investigation?

When Do You Need A
Criminal Investigator?

  • If law enforcement investigations produce little or no results
  • When you need evidence gathered for criminal defense
  • To collect evidence for a criminal case
  • To find and interview other witnesses to a crime
  • To gather impartial facts about a crime
  • If you need surveillance or records searches to collect evidence
A criminal investigation is an undertaking that seeks, collects, and gathers evidence for a case or specific purpose. A criminal investigator looks for clues and evidence to determine whether a crime has taken place. If a crime has been committed, criminal investigators may look into the background of the accused and seek to uncover who committed the crime. Criminal investigators undertake several investigation techniques in order to find the necessary evidence. Police agencies are committed to criminal investigations of every kind, but a growing number of individuals are choosing to launch their own criminal investigations with the help of professional investigators.

Why Use a Criminal Investigator?

  • Criminal investigators operate within the law to find evidence 
  • Criminal defense investigators can gather evidence of wrongful conviction or accusation
  • Law enforcement investigators are often busy with other tasks
  • Criminal investigation divisions can be too short on resources to conduct a proper investigation
  • Exclusively dedicated criminal investigators are more persistent than law enforcement so they can provide better results
  • Criminal investigators are not limited by jurisdiction

  • Types of Criminal Investigations
    • Fraud investigations
    • Crime scene investigations
    • Sexual crime investigations
    • Theft investigations
    • Kidnapping investigations
    • Assault investigations
    • Homicide investigations
    • Criminal defense investigations                                                                   
    Licensed Private Investigator
    State of Washington

    Call 855-445-1742
    9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday
    Criminal Investigation Techniques
    • Interviews
    • Crime scene photography
    • Surveillance
    • Background checks
    • Document searches

    Monday, January 4, 2016

    The rate at which we have grown since arriving in Seattle in 2012 from Denver has been phenomenal and we are grateful to the people of Western Washington.

    I organized Brian Blackwell Investigations in Seattle to be able to provide professional investigative services at the most reasonable rates by rejecting the outdated traditional office concept with its high overhead expenses and instead becoming a 21st Century private detective agency and using 'office space as needed' services. Today's highly successful private investigator is "on the go" far too often, making the expense of a full-time office a very inefficient way to conduct business.

    I work from 1546 NW 56th Street in Seattle and from my home. Mobility is key to success in the 21st Century. Brian Blackwell operatives are located throughout Western Washington to best serve you. We are available by appointment only.

    With clients all across the United States and in Canada, England, Australia, India, Japan, and the Philippines, our future looks very bright.

    Brian Blackwell

    By Appointment  @  1-855-445-1745  or by visiting our website  Or