An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot several times and critically wounded during an undercover operation in Indiana in which a suspect was killed, authorities said Thursday.

The agent was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being “shot multiple times,” Brendan Iber, assistant special agent in charge of ATF’s Chicago division, told reporters outside the hospital according to Fox News.

Fox News Reports:

“ATF spokesman Thomas Ahern said a suspect was shot and killed by law enforcement during the operation early Thursday afternoon. He did not release further details.

Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter told The Post-Tribune that two ATF agents were conducting a controlled drug buy with four suspects. One of the male suspects, whose identity had not been released as of Thursday evening, was shot and killed, Carter said.

Two other suspects were taken into custody, and a fourth remained at large as of Thursday evening, Carter said.

The agent who was shot is assigned to the Chicago Field Division. His name was not immediately released.” (Read More)

Around the same time the agent was wounded and near where the shooting occurred, Lake County police were involved in a pursuit in Gary that resulted in multiple people being injured, Indiana State Police said. A car fled a traffic stop and entered an intersection at a high rate of speed, striking two other vehicles, state police said.

*EDITORIAL OPINION*

This doesn’t surprise me at all. Gary, Indiana is a rat hole! Have you ever been to Gary, Indiana?

I have. It’s not a nice place. Not in the least. Imagine the worst ghetto you have ever been in and now make that ghetto an entire city. THAT’s Gary, Indiana! When I was stationed in Great Lakes, I went home on leave over Christmas. Our Greyhound bus stopped at a rest stop just outside Gary, Indiana. I went into the rest room to use the facilities when some small little crackhead tried to mug me.

I was in prime physical condition with combat training back then. I whooped him like a red headed step child and he ran away. And I was there for a grand total of 10 minutes and this was over 18 years ago. I can only imagine how bad Gary Indiana is today.