ICE Agents Shoot Legal Resident During Botched Raid

The victim of the shooting was not the target of the warrant ICE agents served and his family says he was unarmed.  

By Benjamin H. Smith

A Chicago man is recovering from a gunshot wound sustained during a bungled raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Monday morning. Adding insult to the literal injury is the fact that the man, 53-year-old Felix Torres, is a documented immigrant with full legal status, and wasn’t even the target of the raid. And while ICE agents are claiming he was armed, his daughter Carmen told NBC Chicago 5 that her dad doesn't have any guns. "My dad just went to see what's going on,” she said. "He just opened the door and they just shot him."

The raid occurred in the predominantly Latino Chicago neighborhood of Belmont Cragin. ICE agents showed up at 6:20 to serve a warrant on someone they believed to be in the house. In an interview with reporters, family attorney Thomas Hallock told Fox News Torres went to investigate after hearing the agents banging loudly on his door. "He opened the door and, without cause, they shot him," according to Hallock. He was then taken to a nearby hospital, where he remains in serious condition.

Hallock says Torres and his wife arrived in Chicago from Mexico more than 20 years ago and are legal residents of the United States. Seven or eight people were in the house at the time of the raid, including Torres’ 1-year-old granddaughter. Hallock also represents Torres’ 23-year-old son, who was briefly detained and charged with felony gun possession. ICE agents have confirmed Torres was not the target of the warrant they served. According to the Chicago Tribune, ICE released a statement, saying the incident was under review by its Office of Professional Responsibility. "Due to this ongoing review, no further details will be released at this time,” said the statement. 

[Photo: NBC 5 Chicago]

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