by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

July 8, 2021

CHICAGO — An undercover Chicago police officer and two ATF agents were shot in the Morgan Park neighborhood on Wednesday morning, prompting the arrest of a Chicago man.

Eugene McLaurin, 28, is accused of assaulting a special agent with a dangerous and deadly weapon.

Two agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and an ATF Task Force officer were driving in an unmarked law enforcement vehicle while participating in a federal investigation in Morgan Park on July 7, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Thursday.

A white Chevrolet Malibu sedan, according to officers, was tailing their unmarked vehicle.

According to the complaint, the officers noted the vehicle’s license plate number.  The Malibu’s driver then pulled up alongside the officers’ car.  According to the criminal complaint, McLaurin rolled down the driver’s side window and began shooting at the officers’ vehicle, wounding three officers.

Just before 6 a.m., the officers were getting on I-57 northbound at 119th Street when they were shot.  The officers were airlifted to Oak Lawn’s Advocate Christ Medical Center.  A graze wound to the head was sustained by a male Chicago cop.  A male ATF agent was shot twice near the torso and arm, while a female ATF agent was shot in the hand.

The Malibu was later discovered parked on a Chicago street, according to CPD.  McLaurin was apprehended later in the morning on Wednesday.  According to a seven-page criminal complaint, McLaurin admitted that he began following a vehicle in which the officer and agents were riding because he suspected it was being driven by “opps,” or rival street gang members.

According to the complaint, he claimed he opened fire with a Glock 9mm pistol before dropping the weapon in a drain.  Officials stated that the investigation is still ongoing.