Suspects Break Into DEA Agent's Vehicle; Fire Shot At Him

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Chattanooga Police said several suspects broke into the vehicle of a DEA agent earlyThursday morning, then one of them fired a shot at him.

At approximately 3:18 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the area of North Concord Road off of East Brainerd Road for a burglary of an automobile and shots fired.

  Officers learned on the scene that an agent with the DEA confronted several suspects as they were breaking into his vehicle.  During the confrontation, one of the suspects fired a shot at the agent as they were fleeing.  The agent was not harmed and was able to give a description of the suspect vehicle.  Items were stolen from the agent’s vehicle. However, there were no firearms taken during the incident. 


At approximately 1:49 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Chattanooga Police observed the suspect vehicle - a maroon SUV in the Brainerd area.  When officers attempted to catch up to the suspect vehicle, another vehicle attempted to ram the officer’s vehicle, which allowed the maroon SUV to escape.  

After losing sight of the SUV, officers were able to follow the vehicle, which attempted to ram the patrol vehicle at a safe distance and discovered that it crashed into a parked vehicle.  The suspect from that vehicle fled on foot and was later caught following a brief foot chase.  

The suspect in custody is a juvenile and it is unknown at this time if the suspect was involved in the incident with the DEA agent.  

Chattanooga Police are currently looking for one, possibly two, other suspects at this time, but have no further information on them.  

The suspect vehicle involved in the original incident has been recovered and was reported stolen from East Ridge.  

The second suspect vehicle, which attempted to ram a patrol vehicle, was reported stolen from Red Bank.  

The DEA is actively involved in the investigation. 

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