Federal law enforcement officer thwarts carjacking attempt in Chicago
Federal law enforcement officer thwarts carjacking attempt in Chicago

Rosemary Sobol

Chicago Tribune

An ATF agent intervened when he saw a carjacking and fired his gun at the suspect Friday night on Chicago’s West Side.

No one was shot or injured during the situation that unfolded about 6:20 p.m. near the intersection of Austin Boulevard and Madison in the South Austin neighborhood, according to Kimberly Nerheim, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“He pulled up, he witnesses it going on, get gets out, identifies himself and ends up discharging with weapon,’’ Nerheim said.

It’s not clear how many times the agent, a regular full time Chicago Field Division staffer who is not part of Operation Legend, fired but no one was shot and the suspect or suspects got away.

Operation Legend is a recent federal law enforcement initiative created “to fight the sudden surge of violent crime” in U.S. cities, according to the Department of Justice. Under Operation Legend, federal agents are “surged” into select cities to work with state and local law enforcement. On July 22, President Trump announced the expansion of Operation Legend to Chicago.

The crime scene was cleared by midnight.

ATF’s Office of Professional Responsibility is conducting a use of force investigation and Chicago police are handling the carjacking probe, said Nerheim.

Chicago Police declined to comment.

rsobol@chicagotribune.com

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