DEA Agent Fatally Shoots Suspect During Large Cocaine Bust in Austin Neighborhood

(Tribune) An agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shot and killed a man during a cocaine bust Saturday after the man allegedly hit the agent with his vehicle, authorities said.

A DEA spokeswoman said agents were investigating a “multiple-kilogram cocaine distribution point” and saw packages change hands. At about 8:45 a.m., a police car tried to stop one of the people involved in the exchange, but he fled.

After a second attempted stop on South Central Avenue, just south of the Interstate 290 overpass, the man turned his vehicle toward a DEA agent and hit him, the spokeswoman said.

The agent fired his weapon and struck the man, the spokeswoman said, and despite attempted life-saving measures, the man died. The DEA allegedly found “a significant amount of cocaine” in the man’s vehicle.

Late Saturday morning, Chicago police and federal investigators gathered at the site of the shooting, looking over a gray SUV that was perched sideways on a median.

The agent suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was hospitalized, the spokeswoman said. The DEA did not identify the man who was killed.

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