Two Illinois men
have been charged in federal court with shooting at federal agents,
following an incident in Gary on Thursday in which an ATF agent was shot
multiple times and critically injured, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
Northern District of Indiana said.
Blake King, 19, of
Chicago, and Bernard Graham, 25, of Calumet City were charged by criminal
complaint, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Both are facing two
assaulting, opposing, impeding, intimidating and interfering with special
agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives while
they were engaged in the performance of their official duties, by use of
deadly and dangerous weapons and infliction of bodily injury.
* Using and
carrying a firearm during and in relation to, and possessing in furtherance
of a crime of violence, a firearm that was discharged.
documents in this case, during an undercover operation with ATF in Gary, the
individuals identified in this press release fired upon ATF special agents.
doesn’t stop at the state line and neither do government investigations,”
U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch said. “We will continue to coordinate with law
enforcement and prosecutors in this jurisdiction and others including
Northern Illinois to defeat these criminals. We will never tolerate gun
violence and never stop doing all we can to defeat it.”
also currently seeking the whereabouts of Bernard Graham, 25 of Calumet
City. If you have any information as to Graham’s whereabouts, contact the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at (800) ATF-GUNS or
This case is being
investigated by the ATF. Other agencies that assisted with the investigation
were the FBI; DEA; Homeland Security Investigations; US Marshal’s Service;
Indiana State Police; Gary Police Department; Hammond Police Department;
East Chicago Police Department; Merrillville Police Department; Purdue
University NW Police Department; Lake County Sheriff’s Office; Lake County
Prosecutor’s Office and Indiana HIDTA.