Man shot by ICE agent on Chicago’s Northwest Side

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CHICAGO  —   A man was shot by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent early Monday morning on Chicago's Northwest Side.

It happened at about 6:20 a.m. in the 6100 block of West Grand Avenue.

The family says the man who was shot, 53-year-old Felix Torres did not have a gun, but federal agents says one was pointed at them and that’s why they fired.  Torres was struck in the left arm and seriously injured.

36th Ward Alderman Gilbert Villegas says Torres’s son, whom agents were originally looking for eventually turned himself into authorities.

With Chicago recent re-affirming its status as a “Sanctuary City,” Villegas says one his first questions was if this was a coordinated effort between Chicago police and ICE.  He says he was assured it wasn’t.

“I think it’s overzealous,” he said. I think it’s overreaction by the federal government on something as simple as arresting someone on an outstanding warrant.”

Family members say there were eight people in the house at the time; five adults, two infants and a 9-year-old.

ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility is reviewing the shooting and Chicago police say they will investigate any underlying criminal offense.

The Department of Homeland Security issued this statement:

“ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents attempted to make an arrest in Chicago, Illinois, on March 27, when a second individual pointed a weapon toward agents. As a result, a special agent discharged his firearm and shot the individual, injuring him.  Any time an ICE officer or special agent discharges their firearm in the line of duty, the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility reviews the matter. Due to this ongoing review, no further details will be released at this time.”



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