Charges Filed In Shooting Of ATF Agent

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 80 News

(CHICAGO) — Ernesto Godinez, 27, of Chicago, was charged Tuesday in connection with the shooting of an ATF agent. A federal criminal complaint charges him with assault of a Federal Officer with a dangerous and deadly weapon.

During his initial court appearance, Godinez was ordered detained until a detention hearing on Thursday, May 17.

Officials noted that the investigation continues.

“Violent assaults on law enforcement agents working to make the community safer will not be tolerated,” remarked U.S. Attorney Lausch. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to holding such offenders accountable, as are our local, state, and Federal law enforcement partners, whose tireless investigation to identify and locate the defendant after the shooting made this prosecution possible.”

“ATF is dedicated, determined and committed to making our community safer,” said Special Agent in Charge Celinez Nunez. “We cannot let the people committing these violent acts to continue to terrorize our neighborhoods. We can make a difference if we stand together and hold them accountable.”

“Each and every day members of law enforcement run toward the danger to keep Chicagoans safe, which is something we witnessed firsthand last Friday,” said CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “CPD was proud to work with our partner agencies to apprehend the individual responsible and I would like to thank the residents in the Back of the Yards community for their close cooperation in making our neighborhoods safer.”

Assault of a Federal Officer with a dangerous and deadly weapon carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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