published Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Police on the hunt for burglars suspected of shooting at federal agent in Chattanooga


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Suspects wanted for breaking into a Drug Enforcement Administration agent’s car Thursday morning are on the run, after they shot at the vehicle’s owner, a federal agent who approached them during the burglary. He was not injured, and the suspects escaped.

They later evaded police that afternoon thanks to a vehicle that reportedly attempted to ram a Chattanooga police cruiser in Brainerd.

According to a police news release, Chattanooga officers responded to a burglary and shots fired call around 3:18 a.m. Thursday near North Concord Road in East Brainerd to find a federal agent whose car was broken into and who was missed by shots fired.

The suspects made off with some of the agent’s property.

According to a police report, when Chattanooga officers in a cruiser attempted to catch up to a maroon SUV associated with the suspects in Brainerd only 10 hours after the burglary, an unknown vehicle attempted to ram police, and the SUV was able to escape.

Police found and arrested the driver of the ramming vehicle, a juvenile whose role in the initial burglary is unknown.That vehicle was reported stolen out of Red Bank, according to reports.

Police say up to two suspects remain at-large in the burglary and shooting from Thursday. The vehicle they are reportedly driving was reported stolen out of East Ridge.

The DEA is involved in the investigation. Chattanooga police say more information will be distributed when it’s available.

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