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Homeland Security agent fires shots at suspect in Brooklyn

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April 22, 2015 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The intersection at New Lots Avenue and Bradford Street was the scene of Homeland Security gunfire and arrests on Tuesday. Photo: Map data ©2015 Google

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent fired shots at a car driven by a suspect during a Homeland Security investigation in Brooklyn Tuesday.

Agents were trying to make an arrest during an undercover operation at Bradford Street and New Lots Avenue when one of several suspects drove his car towards a Homeland Security agent.

“ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents attempted to make an arrest in Brooklyn, New York, today when the suspect accelerated his vehicle in the direction of one of the agents,” ICE spokesman Lou Martinez said in a statement.

“As a result, the special agent discharged his firearm, striking the engine of the suspect’s vehicle. No one was injured during the incident.”

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, Martinez told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Due to this ongoing review, no further details will be released at this time,” he said.

While ABC reported that the agents were involved in an undercover buy and bust heroin deal, Martinez said on Thursday that he could not confirm that information.

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