The FBI deemed former special agent Carlos Ortiz "erratic and dangerous for years," an assessment that culminated Wednesday in his firing and arrest. Ortiz, 48, is accused of threatening to kill his estranged wife, who is a bureau analyst, and the head of the Dallas FBI field office.

The negative assessment of Ortiz is in the dismissal letter that he received Wednesday from the bureau. The letter chronicles allegations of spousal abuse and describes a 1992 encounter in which Dallas SWAT officers had to be called when Ortiz barricaded himself in his home over "job stress and personal issues."

An FBI spokesman in Dallas declined to comment today about the case, including why Ortiz was able to remain an agent for 21 years despite his documented unstable behavior.

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