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ATF agent wounded during shootout that killed one gun-trafficking suspect in Indiana

An ATF agent was wounded when they were caught in a firefight during an undercover operation targeting illegal gun trafficking in Indiana. (Image source: WBBM-TV video screenshot)

An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms was seriously wounded in a firefight in Gary, Indiana, Thursday. One suspect in the attack was killed, and one was arrested while another remains at large.

What happened?

The agent was part of an undercover operation targeting illegal gun trafficking, when they were caught in a firefight. The wounded agent was shot twice in the chest and the arm. He is recovering at Methodist Hospital and is reportedly in critical but stable condition. Two senior law enforcement officials told ABC News that the agent's injuries were not life-threatening.

At a news conference Friday, U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II of the Northern District of Indiana said that two agents went with an informant to a buy guns from an illegal weapons dealer as part of a sting. Instead, the weapons dealers gave the informant a bag full of pots and pans, and then opened fire. One of the agents was wounded, but they managed to return fire and kill one of the weapons dealers.

What else?

ATF tweeted a notice offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture of 25-year-old Bernard Graham. Graham is described as being "a black male with brown eyes, black hair, 5'7" and 190 lbs." The tweet included a picture of the suspect.

Graham and another suspect, 19-year-old Blake King, were charged with "[f]orcibly assaulting, opposing, impeding, intimidating and interfering with Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives while they were engaged in the performance of their official duties, by use of deadly and dangerous weapons and infliction of bodily injury," and with "[u]sing and carrying a firearm during and in relation to, and possessing in furtherance of a crime of violence, a firearm that was discharged."

A Department of Justice news release accused both men of firing on ATF special agents.

King has been apprehended and taken into custody. The suspect who was killed during the shootout was 28-year-old Raymon Truitt.

 

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