GARY, Ind.— The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said one of its agents was shot and a suspect was killed during an operation in Indiana on Thursday.
The agent was shot multiple times in Gary and taken to Methodist Hospital Northlake. He was undercover and not wearing a bulletproof vest. The agent is in critical but stable condition. Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter told The Northwest Indiana Times he received a report that the agent was shot in the chest.
ATF spokesman Thomas Ahern said he was told initially the agent sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Carter said two ATF agents were conducting a controlled drug buy with four suspects, according to the Chicago Tribune. One of the male suspects, whose identity had not been released, was shot and killed.
A white car fleeing a traffic stop slammed into two other cars at 21st Street and Broadway Avenue. Several people were hurt but authorities confirmed the crash and the shooting are not related.
The agent is assigned to the Chicago Field Division.