ATF agent shot, critically injured in Chicago’s South Side

An ATF agent is fighting for his life after being critically injured in a shooting Friday in Chicago during a joint assignment with the city’s police force.

Residents near the Back of the Yards neighborhood say they heard a series of gunshots around 3:15 a.m. local time and the agent was later rushed to a nearby hospital.

“Officer hit, we need an escort to the hospital now!” an officer is heard saying in police scanner traffic in the moments after the shooting. “We need an ambulance as soon as possible. Find someone to meet us. He may be hit in the head.”

It was not immediately clear what the assignment was about and no one has been taken into custody, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A second officer was taken to a local hospital for observation but he was not struck by gunfire, police said.

In 2017, the ATF sent 20 agents to Chicago to coordinate with local authorities to combat gun violence. They reportedly joined dozens already in the city, according to US News.

Before the announcement, President Trump took to Twitter, saying, “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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