Federal ATF agent in critical condition after shooting in Chicago

Adjust Comment Print

A federal agent was shot and critically wounded in Chicago during an undercover operation on the city's South Side on Friday morning, the authorities said. Officers from both local and federal agencies conducted an intense manhunt, searching for the shooter or shooters involved. Forty officers comprise the task force, with ATF agents, Chicago police officers, and Illinois State Police officers participating in the effort.

This is a representational image showing a Chicago police officer (left) and an unidentified ATF agent checking vehicles in Chicago, Nov. 6, 2002. The shooting took place in the 4500 Block of South Hermitage in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

"You think that escapes us?"

No one is now in custody in relation to the shooting, according to the newspaper.

"I implore on everybody today to help us bring the assailants who are responsible for this to justice", said Celinez Nunez, special agent in charge of the ATF's Chicago field division. "What was experienced last night for so many is just a daily occurrence of the violence that goes on in their neighborhoods that they wake up with, work with and go to school with", Lopez said. "We are blessed that the ATF officer shot will survive and be okay", said Johnson. No other officers were hurt.

Guglielmi says federal authorities will release additional information.