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DATELINE NBC EXCLUSIVE: LEAD FBI AGENT IN MURDER INVESTIGATION OF JUDGE SALAS’ SON SPEAKS OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME

Broadcast Also Features Interview with Judge Salas

‘The Grudge’ Airs Thursday, Jan 21 at 10pm ET/9pm CT

January 19, 2021 – On Thursday’s all-new Dateline NBC, FBI Special Agent Joe Denahan opens up for the first time in an exclusive interview about the deadly shooting at U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas’ home last year, which killed her son Daniel and critically injured her husband Mark. The all-new Dateline, airing Thursday, January 21 at 10pm ET/9pm CT, also features an interview with Judge Sala.

During the one-hour broadcast, Denahan tells NBC News’ Andrea Canning that Daniel and Mark “put up a strong enough defense of their home,” preventing the shooter, Roy Den Hollander, “from coming forward.” He explains, Whether it was their body posture, the way they angled the door, the attitude they portrayed, whatever it was, Hollander must have felt that way. And that's why he fired immediately and then fled.”

To watch the exchange, click here.

Additionally, Judge Salas tells Canning: “I asked the agents, ‘why do you think he didn't come into the house to come finish … I was his target. And the agent's line, which will stay with me forever, is that, ‘He was met by superior forces.’ My son and his father.”

Salas’ son Daniel was shot to death by Hollander after Hollander dressed as a delivery worker and rang the Salas’ front door. Hollander then critically injured Salas’ husband Mark, but left before attacking Judge Salas, his original target.

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Dominique Cuce
NBC News
e: Dominique.Cuce@nbcuni.com

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