PARK FOREST, Ill. — A person was found dead in a residence after two FBI agents were shot in Park Forest Tuesday morning.
WGN has learned that the FBI was executing an arrest warrant on Rich Court in Park Forest. Agents were trying to track down a reputed gang member on drug trafficking charges as part of a gang sweep.
During the arrest, two FBI agents suffered gunshot wounds. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. The suspect, identified as Melvin Toran, 50, was later found in the residence deceased. It’s unknown how he died.
Toran was a man with a lengthy and violent criminal record; in 1986 he was convicted of murder and also served time on weapons charges and and beating up a cop. The Tribune is reporting the FBI was after him this time for selling heroin to an undercover officer. He and his family, which included children, seemed to live an undercover life in Park Forest — until today.
Officials at School District 163 in Park Forest are saying that it’s now OK for students to go to school. Here is the full statement that is posted to the district’s website:
“We have been notified by the Park Forest Police Dept. that the situation on has been resolved. Students who are walkers can proceed to school. The busses will resume transportation at 9:15 AM. School is in session. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have presented to parents, however the students safety is our first concern.”
The agents were later released from an area hospital.