ICE Raids Home In Chicago And Ends Up Shooting A Legal Resident
Details of a shooting in Chicago are still emerging today as Felix Torres, a 53-year-old legal resident of the U.S., was shot in the arm by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as they were serving a warrant in the early hours of Monday morning. Torres’ current condition as a result of the shooting has been described as “serious.”
The Chicago Sun Times reports that ICE was at Felix Torres’ home to arrest his son, a 23-year-old “U.S.-born resident.”
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ICE officials initially reported that the 53-year-old man pulled a gun as they were arresting his son, leading to the shooting. The family’s attorney, Thomas Hallock, said the man alleged to have pulled a gun does have a valid license to own a gun, but his family insists he didn’t have a gun during the raid and doesn’t even own one at the moment.
According to NBC Chicago, the shooting victim’s daughter, Carmen Torres, said, “My dad doesn’t have any guns, my dad just went to see what’s going on. He just opened the door and they just shot him.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, the 23-year-old son is currently facing a felony gun possession charge, but the charge is under the jurisdiction of the Chicago’s Cook County court, not ICE officials.
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The family’s attorney has questioned why ICE was even at the home in the first place, as the family has legal residence in the U.S. Hallock told multiple sources, “I don’t know that they had a warrant, but they certainly made forced entry into the house.” Adding, “I don’t know if there was some sort of mistake here or what, but it’s all pretty bizarre.”
The incident is currently under review by ICE agents, who released a statement following the events.
ICE raids wrong home, shoots father. Can't/won't say why they were in the home. Let's hold ICE accountable. https://t.co/FEUJ48dD2Z
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“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.” ICE’s statement then closed the matter publicly for now, saying, “Due to this ongoing review, no further details will be released at this time.”
According to the Washington Post, ICE has not yet said what their official business at the home was.
The family’s attorney is also saying little on the matter, as the issue is still being investigated by all sides.
Felix Torres came to the U.S. from Mexico more than 20 years ago with his wife. Both are legal residents of the U.S., leading the attorney to again question ICE’s motives, according to the Chicago Sun Times: “How ICE is involved in this, I still can’t figure out. How hard is it to pull up their database and see this man and his family are citizens?”
The family’s attorney did say he expects Torres to face “criminal charges.”