St. Louis FBI Agent Dies Unexpectedly at Florida Conference
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The FBI is mourning the loss of one of its own.
FBI Special Agent Jarrod M. Petrelli was attending a law enforcement conference on gangs in Boca Raton, Florida last week when he unexpectedly passed away. He was three days shy of his 35th birthday.
Petrelli joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in August 2008 and was assigned to the St. Louis Division. During the past four years, he dedicated his entire time to fighting violent gangs. Acting Special Agent in Charge Tim Feeney said, “Jarrod was an outstanding agent. Professionally and personally, he was selfless, dedicated, and reliable.” Supervisory Special Agent Tom Blades added, “SA Petrelli was an agent devoted to the FBI’s mission. He served as a mentor to others and represented the FBI in the highest light. His investigative skills were exemplary and creative.”
Petrelli was selected as a relief supervisor after completing his two-year probationary period for new agents. In October 2012, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Attorney for leading a two-and-a-half year investigation dubbed “Operation Scorpion King.” The investigation resulted in the dismantling of a violent heroin trafficking ring in the St. Louis area.
Before joining the FBI, Petrelli served four years with the West Palm Beach Police Department (FL), two years at Broward County Sheriff’s Office (FL), and one year at Amherst Police Department (MA). He was also in the U.S. Army Reserves. He proudly followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, who retired from the Braintree Police Department (MA).
Petrelli earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Western New England College (MA) and his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Westfield State College (MA). He graduated from Braintree High School (MA) in 1996. He was born in Weymouth (MA).
Survivors include his wife, their three young daughters, his parents, and his siblings. Visiting hours will be held on December 11 from 4 to 8 PM at McDonald Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Weymouth, MA. Funeral Mass will be held on December 12 in Braintree, MA. Petrelli will be buried with military honors in Blue Hill Cemetery also in Braintree, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Petrelli’s memory to the American Heart Association.