Back of Yards ATF Shooter in Custody

(WGN) At least one suspect is in custody in the shooting of an ATF agent in Back of the Yards last week, federal prosecutors confirmed Tuesday.

A court hearing is slated for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St., before Judge Maria Valdez. A full complaint will be available after the hearing.

The agent was ambushed while investigating illegal guns in the Back of the Yards neighborhood near Davis Square Park about 3:15 a.m. Friday. He was shot in his face and nearly lost an eye, officials said. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but is expected to recover.

The ATF agent is the fourth member of law enforcement to be shot in Back of the Yards in the past year. Two officers from the Deering district were shot last May; a third officer was shot in July. All three survived.

Local and federal police searched homes and executed multiple search warrants Friday near the 4500 block of South Hermitage Avenue. Authorities continued to sweep the neighborhood Saturday in armored tactical vehicles with guns drawn.

An award for information in the case was up to $61,000.

Some residents slammed the police response Saturday, calling it too aggressive.

“Just because you’re wearing a badge, it matters more?” asked Mayra Salinas, a mother who lives in Back of the Yards. “How does that make us feel? We have a lot of homicides that go unsolved, and not one time do they put this much effort into finding the gunman that killed our friend, our brother.”

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said: “This is the fourth law enforcement officer that’s been shot over in that area. You think we’re going to take this lying down? I’ve got a message: We’re coming for you.”

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