Chicago Police Department

Suspect Charged In ATF Agent's Shooting

May 08, 2018 - 9:48 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A  suspected gang member charged in the shooting last week of a federal law enforcement agent in the Back of the Yards neighborhood was ordered held in custody Tuesday.

Ernesto Godinez, 27, made his initial appearance in federal court in Chicago Tuesday, facing charges he shot an ATF agent in the face last week, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Godinez will have a detention hearing on May 17, in which prosecutors will argue he be held without bail.

Godinez is charged with forcible assault of a law enforcement officer.

The agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot in the face early Friday and was part of the Chicago Gun Crime Strike Force created last year to combat the city’s gun violence, authorities said.

The agent, shot about 3:15 a.m. near 44th and Hermitage, was “ambushed,” said Celinez Gomez, the special agent in charge of the Chicago field division of the ATF.

The agent was with several other officers from local, state and federal agencies conducting an investigation of illegal guns when the gunfire erupted, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Friday. They were doing surveillance.

Since the shooting, Chicago police continued to comb through the Back of the Yards, looking for the person who shot an ATF agent.

“We will find you,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said last week. “We will knock on every door, talk to every witness, watch every piece of video and analyze every piece of evidence.”

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