SAN ANTONIO “Souvenirs and honors from his FBI career are everywhere in Christopher Combs’ office, but they are far from the only memories he carries with him as he leaves his job as a special agent in San Antonio County’s federal agency.”
In an extensive interview with KSAT presenter Steve Sprystar, Combs talked about everything from Sutherland Springs to the emotional consequences of work.
Combs, a native of New York who had never been to San Antonio before being relocated, said he fell in love with Alamo City.
“The moment I got here, I knew I would never leave,” Combs told KSAT’s Steve Sprystar.
Special Agent Combs has been the local face of the FBI for eight years. He is the person who answers crime scene questions, often trying to put together the most horrible crimes you can imagine. The vast FBI area of San Antonio runs from Brownsville, along the border, then north through San Antonio, Austin and Waco.
Direct and precise, he is an FBI agent to the end, but Combs is also very candid about the events “at work” that shaped him professionally and personally.
“I think the biggest event of my career was at the Pentagon on September 11, six minutes after the plane crash. And then I was commander of the FBI at the Pentagon on September 11, “Combs said.
He left as the longest-serving special agent on the bureau, eight years in San Antonio and 26 years in the FBI.
Combs said the case he was most proud of was catching the serial bomber from Austin before killing again.
“We brought 600 FBI agents to Austin. We managed to catch this bomber working with the Austin police, working with the state police, the ATF, all the partners. And we saved lives there, and I’m very proud of that, “Combs said.
The case that affected Combs the most was the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
“I was on five active shooters. It was one of them. That was the worst thing I’ve ever done – the tragedy of it, the horror of it. It’s hard and, you know, we don’t actually get divorced. “I think people believe that,” Combs said. “But you know, FBI agents are just people, aren’t they?” And this horror affected us strongly and affects me to this day, affects my people to this day. It’s like it’s just awful and it’s awful, and unless you’ve been there and seen something like that, it’s hard to even describe to you – what it can do.
As for the current threats, there is one that stands out for Agent Combs – ongoing threats to the Jewish community, such as the attack on the Dallas synagogue.
“Our Internal Terrorism Squad here and in Austin is very committed to looking into this threat and making sure we face it, that we are identifying people who are threatening the Jewish community,” Combs said.
This is a concern he says he will carry with him long after he leaves. He also believes in the FBI, an agency he says is in good hands.
“I believe in this work. I serve God and that was my calling. And you know, I’m happy to leave after 26 years in a great career, a great FBI and a great city. “I really am,” Combs said.
Combs also spoke about crime rates and the removal of bad workers from the streets. You can see more of his interview with KSAT’s Steve Sprister in “Breakdown Extra with #StephandSteve” in the video player below.
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From September 11 to Sutherland Springs, the face of the FBI San Antonio retires after 26 years
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