Two Face Life in Prison in ATF Agent Shooting

25 year old Bernard Graham is still at large and a $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction

All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

June 8, 2018-United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch announced today that two individuals have been charged via a criminal information in the shooting of a federal agent yesterday.  According to the statement, Blake King, age 19, of Chicago and Bernard Graham, age 25, of Calumet City were charged today by criminal complaint with the following charges:

  • 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, and
  • Using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to, and possessing in furtherance of a crime of violence, a firearm that was discharged.

US Attorney Kirsch stated that the incident giving rise to the charges began in Lansing, Illinois yesterday as a controlled gun buy.  The sellers took a confidential informant (CI) and two ATF Agents to the location in the 500 block of Gary where 4 guns were supposed to be purchased for a total of $,2,000.00 according to the Complaint filed in Federal Court.  The CI met with Graham, King and Raymon Truitt who died at the scene according to the sworn affidavit.  According to the Complaint, the CI provided the cash to Graham, King and Truitt but they provided him a bag that contained pots and pans:

“KING handed the CI a bag at which point the CI asked, ‘What’s in here?” KING advised, “The guns … what you want.” The CI then placed the bag on the ground and urzipped it (this bag was later determhed to contain kitchen pots and pans).”  

At this point, KING pulled the CI’s shirt over the CI’s head. At approximately the same moment, both TRUITT and GRAHAM opened fire using a deadly or dangerous weapon on the two ATF UCs striking one ATF UC in the chest ard arrn inflicting bodily  injury.  Criminal Complaint, paragraph 11

According to United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, Graham and King face life in prison if convicted.

U.S. Attorney Kirsch stated, “Gun violence doesn’t stop at the state line and neither do government investigations.  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.”

Bernard Graham is now in custody according to a release from US Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch.

All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.


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