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Accused Mass Shooter Added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

Octaviano Juarez-Corro

By Steve Neavling

A man accused of opening fire at a crowded Milwaukee park and killing two people and injuring three others in May 2006 has been placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. 

Octaviano Juarez-Corro, who is now 47, has been on the run ever since. 

He’s wanted on two counts of first-degree homicide, three counts of attempted intentional homicide, and one count of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. 

The FBI believes he fled to Mexico. 

According to authorities, hundreds of people were gathered at South Shore Park on the banks of Lake Michigan when Juarez-Corro approached a friend of his estranged wife and struck up a conversation. He and his wife, who shared a daughter, were close to finalizing a divorce at the time. 

“They were reportedly going through a difficult time in sharing visitation with their daughter,” Special Agent Steve Whitecotton of the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office said in a statement.

Juarez-Corro opened fire at the park, striking his wife with two gunshot wounds in the chest. She survived. 

“The fact that this individual would be so reckless in an area where families were gathered to celebrate—and in front of his 3-year-old daughter—is just utterly unacceptable,” Whitecotton said. “He needs to be held accountable and brought to justice.”

The FBI believes Juarez-Corro weighs between 180 and 200 pounds, is about 5-foot-6 and has brown eyes and dark hair, which may be graying. He usually wears a mustache and sometimes a beard. He is about five feet, six inches tall. 

Anyone with information on Juarez-Corro’s whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov

Border Patrol Chief: Recent Attacks Targeting Agents Won’t Stop Them from Enforcing the Law

Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz.

Border Patrol Chief Paul Ortiz said his agency won’t be deterred by a spate of attacks targeting agents at the border.

So far this month, agents have been shot at, and one was struck and dragged by a car at a border checkpoint in Texas. 

“U.S. Border Patrol agents continue their unwavering commitment to provide border and national security to the American public despite recent attacks against them along our Southwest border,” Ortiz said in a statement Tuesday. “We take these threats and acts of violence seriously and will do everything we can to identify and bring those to justice who have sought to harm the men and women of the Border Patrol.”

Earlier this month, agents came under fire along the Juárez-El Paso border. An agent was patrolling the border when about five shots rang out from Juárez. He took cover and was not injured. 

Four days earlier, about 20 gunshots were fired at a Border Patrol agent who was patrolling in El Paso’s Lower Valley. The quick-acting agent also took cover and wasn’t injured. 

The FBI is investigating the shootings. The agency didn’t say whether there were other recent shootings.

About a week ago, a 37-year-old man smuggling a migrant in Texas used his car to strike and drag an agent at the Ysleta Station checking in El Paso County. He was arrested and charged. 

Ortiz said Border Patrol agents are well-trained and equipped to respond to attacks. But, he said, the violence is a reminder of the dangers facing agents. 

Ortiz said federal law enforcement will vigorously investigate the attacks and bring the suspects to justice. 

Two Detroit Men Convicted of Shooting at ATF Agents in Unmarked Car

By Steve Neavling

Two Detroit men who opened fire on a pair of ATF agents in April 2019 have pleaded guilty.  

Kevin Keshawn Young, aka Gucci, 24, and Aaron Marquis Shooks, aka Boogey, 23, will be sentenced on Dec. 8 on a charge of attempted murder of federal agents, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Young and Shooks are members of a gang known as OES 187 Head Hunters, according to federal prosecutors. 

On April 15, 2019, federal agents were investigating a shooting in which Shooks and other OES members were allegedly involved. The agents were in an unmarked car, following the gang members when Young exited his vehicle and fired 11 shots at the agents. Young later claimed he thought the agents were rival gang members. 

No one was injured. 

As part of a plea deal, Young faces between 10 and 15 years in prison, and Shooks faces 10-13 years behind bars. 

“Every day our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line and risk personal injury to protect our citizens from senseless violence,” Acting U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin said in a statement. “When officers or agents are assaulted while performing those duties, the perpetrators can expect that every resource of this office will be used to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, and to seek justice.”

Keith Krolczyk, acting special agent in charge of the ATF’s Detroit Field Division, added, “Our special agents and other law enforcement officers risk their personal safety everyday doing their job, protecting the public and enforcing the law, to make our community safe. We are proud of them and their unrelenting professionalism.”

Border Patrol Agents Shot at for Second Time in 4 Days Along Mexican Border

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating after Border Patrol agents appear to have come under fire early Monday for the second time in four days along the Juárez-El Paso border. 

An agent was patrolling the border when about five shots rang out from Juárez shortly after midnight, El Paso Times reports.

The agent wasn’t struck. 

Mexican authorities were searching for two suspects. 

Early Friday, about 20 gunshots were fired at a Border Patrol agent who was patrolling in El Paso’s Lower Valley. The agent took cover and wasn’t injured. 

“Approximately 20 rounds were fired towards the agent from approximately 150 yards away. Fortunately, none of the rounds struck the agent,” Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

The FBI said it was investigating that shooting. 

Three weeks earlier, a narco-banner in Juárez warned Mexican police and Border Patrol to stop messing with human smugglers. It wasn’t immediately clear if the shootings are related to the banner’s threat.

Suspect Charged in Shooting Death of FBI Task Force Officer in Indiana

Shane Meehan, via Marion County Jail

By Steve Neavling

A 44-year-old man has been charged in the ambush-style, fatal shooting of an FBI Task Force officer outside of an FBI building in Indiana last week. 

Shane Meehan, of Terre Haute, faces up to life in prison on a charge of murder of a federal agent, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana announced.

Meehan is accused of shooting Terre Haute Det. Greg Ferency, a 30-year-veteran of the police department, on Wednesday afternoon. An FBI agent returned fire, shooting the suspected gunman. 

Meehan was recovering in the hospital when he was charged. 

“An attack on law enforcement is an attack on us all,” Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Childress said in a statement. “As citizens of this county, we enjoy on a daily basis the security and protection provided by the men and women of law enforcement. That security and protection is all the more precious because it is at times paid for with the lives of those who have chosen to protect us. The selfless dedication exhibited by Detective Ferency throughout his career and his tragic death yesterday is yet another example of why we all owe our respect and gratitude to the members of law enforcement. On behalf of the Department of Justice I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Detective Ferency’s family and his many colleagues.”

FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan added, “I want to offer the deepest sympathy of the FBI to the family, friends and colleagues of Detective Ferency. Greg was a valued member of our FBI family and had worked side by side with us as a Task Force Officer since 2010 in our Terre Haute office. 

“We will work day and night to carefully examine the circumstances of the shooting and we are dedicated to honoring Greg’s memory through a meticulous investigation.”

Chicago Man Charged with Shooting 2 ATF Agents, Police Officer

Eugene “Gen Gen” McLaurin

By Steve Neavling

A 28-year-old man who allegedly confessed to shooting two ATF agents and a Chicago police officer on Wednesday morning said he mistook them for rival gang members, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Eugene “Gen Gen” McLaurin has been charged with one count of using a dangerous and deadly weapon to assault a special agent, a crime publishable by up to 20 years in federal prison. 

Chicago police arrested McLaurin on Wednesday morning before he was transferred to federal custody on Thursday. 

The law enforcement officers came under fire while inside an unmarked car that was getting on Interstate 57 about 6 a.m. They were conducting an undercover investigation. 

They were treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. One of the agents was shot in the side, and the other was shot in the hand. A bullet grazed the side of the Chicago police officer’s head.  

According to federal prosecutors, McLaurin admitted shooting the officers with a Glock 9mm, saying the officers’ unmarked car matched the description of a car that a friend said had been driven by “opps” – or members of a rival street gang.”

McLaurin has a criminal record. In 2013, he was sentenced to one year in prison for illegal gun possession. In 2015, he was sentenced to five years in prison for illegal gun possession and delivery of methamphetamine

Two ATF Agents, Police Officer Shot During Undercover Investigation in Chicago

By Steve Neavling

Two ATF agents and a Chicago police officer who were working undercover were shot Wednesday morning on the city’s southwest side. 

The law enforcement officers came under fire while inside a car that was getting on Interstate 57, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The officers were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. One of the agents was shot in the side, and the other was shot in the hand. A bullet grazed the side of the Chicago police officer’s head. 

By Wednesday evening, at least two suspects were in custody. 

In a separate shooting Wednesday afternoon, an Indiana police detective serving on an FBI task force was killed during an ambush near a federal building Wednesday afternoon, The Tribune Star reports.

Terre Haute Det. Greg Ferency, a 30-year-veteran of the police department, was shot outside the FBI’s Indianapolis Resident Agency at about 2:15 p.m. 

An FBI agent returned fire, shooting the suspected gunman. 

It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the shooting. 

FBI Agent Shot During Traffic Stop in Mississippi, Expected to Survive

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent was shot in Mississippi on Saturday night and is expected to survive. 

Authorities were still looking for the shooting suspect Sunday night, The Mississippi Clarion Ledge reports.

The agent with the FBI’s Jackson Field Office was helping Jackson police officers at a traffic stop around 11 p.m. when the suspect opened fire. 

The agent’s injuries were not life-threatening, Brett Carr, a spokesman for the Jackson Field Office, said. 

“While assisting JPD, an FBI special agent sustained a non-life threatening injury from a gunshot and has been released from the hospital,” Carr said. “The FBI Jackson Field Office is committed to assisting the Jackson Police Department with reducing violent crime.”

The suspect was identified as Demario Cotton, and he was driving a dark-colored Yukon.