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Two charged in shooting of ATF agent in Gary

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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 counts:

* Forcibly 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.

According to documents in this case, during an undercover operation with ATF in Gary, the individuals identified in this press release fired upon ATF special agents.

“Gun violence 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.”

Authorities are 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 email

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.


Posted 6/11/2018




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