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Suspect wanted for ambush on Chicago area ATF agents during drug buy operation surrenders

June 10, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Suspect wanted for ambush on Chicago area ATF agents during drug buy operation surrenders Justice Department officials announced 25-year-old Bernard Graham (R) was in custody along with Blake King. 19 (L)

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A suspect wanted in this week’s ambush shooting of a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agent in Gary, Indiana, just south of Chicago has surrendered to authorities

Justice Department officials announced that 25-year-old Bernard Graham of Calumet City, Illinois surrendered to Saturday afternoon.

Prior to his surrender, Graham was the subject of a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Officials said Graham along with 19-year-old Blake King were both charged with assaulting a federal officer and carrying and discharging a firearm in the furtherance of a crime.

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Three suspected drug dealers opened fire on an ATF agent on Thursday in what was called an ambush during a drug purchase operation carried out in the Chicago area, according to ABC News.

The gunmen struck the agent twice. Agents then exchanged fire, resulting in the death of one of the suspects identified as 28-year-old Raymon Truitt of Gary.

The incident occurred during a drug buy operation, according to ABC News. The drug buy is part of a continuing effort by federal authorities to try to decrease drug-related gang in the Chicago area.

Officials say that their teams are sent to bust “worst of the worst.”

The purported drug dealers shot in the chest and arm. The agent is listed in stable condition and is expected to recover.

The ATF was offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to Grahm’s capture

“ATF Agents are working with us every day to reduce gun violence in Chicago, and it’s beyond a partnership, it’s one team, one fight,” the Chicago Police Department said in a Tweet.

Last month another ATF agent was shot while aiding Chicago officers in a drug operation. The suspect shot the agent in the face, but he managed to survive.

A few days later, police took 27-year-old Ernesto Godinez into custody in connection with the incident. Investigators describe Godinez as a known gang member.

The ATF revealed the formation of the Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force last year. As part of that probe, the ATF deployed 20 additional agents to the area and provided technology resources to the city to help fight gun crimes.

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