ATF Agent Shoots At Would-Be Carjacker In Austin

Sun-Times Media Wire
August 01, 2020 - 6:01 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A federal agent opened fire on a would-be carjacker Friday in Austin on the West Side.

The agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) witnessed the attempted carjacking about 6:15 p.m. at Madison Street and Austin Boulevard, according to Kimberly Nerheim, spokeswoman for the Chicago Field Division of the ATF.

The agent identified himself, pulled out a gun and fired shots, Nerheim said. He missed the suspect, who fled the scene.

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No one was injured during the incident, Nerheim said.

The agent who fired his gun is permanently stationed in Chicago and not affiliated with Operation Legend, a Justice Department initiative that has sent over 200 federal agents to Chicago to combat a “sudden surge in violent crime” in cities across the United States.

The ATF is investigating the shooting incident, Nerheim said.

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