ATF Agents Take Fire in Local City

Seal of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. | Image by chrisdorney, Shutterstock

Law enforcement agencies are looking for a suspect after agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were allegedly fired upon last Thursday.

ATF officials said the agency was conducting an operation around 4:30 p.m. in Fort Worth when an incident occurred in the 9000 block of Randol Mill Road, just off Interstate 30.

Federal agents allegedly took fire, but the ATF did not specify from which location the shots were fired. The Dallas Express reached out to the agency for additional information and comment, but no response was received by press time.

Local news outlet WFAA reported that no agents were hurt during the operation.

A significant police response could be seen from an aerial view of the location as police officers from surrounding departments in Fort Worth and Arlington arrived near the Rocco Apartment Homes.

Law enforcement agencies confirmed to WFAA that two suspects were involved in the alleged shooting and that one was taken into custody. The suspect in custody was transported to a local hospital after sustaining an injury during the incident.

The second suspect remains at large.

The Dallas Express contacted the Fort Worth Police Department for additional information and comments, but the news outlet was referred to the ATF.

Violent crime has been a serious issue in North Texas for quite some time, especially in nearby Dallas, where the Dallas Police Department (DPD) struggles to suppress criminal activity amid a significant staffing shortage, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

Dallas police only have just over 3,000 sworn officers and are looking to hire at least an additional 250.

Crime in Dallas persists as DPD implements Chief Eddie Garcia’s violent crime reduction plan.

As of May 1, there have been 95 murders, according to DPD’s crime statistics dashboard. Due to the ransomware attack on citywide services, there are no publicly available crime statistics beyond that date.

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