An unnamed FBI agent was shot while serving an arrest warrant in southwest Atlanta earlier this afternoon. The injured FBI agent is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Grady Emergency Room in Atlanta, where he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Mark Winne, a reporter with local Atlanta station WSB-TV, has a mutual acquaintance with the injured FBI agent. He said that the agent was “a veteran, good guy, lots of high risk experience.”
The suspect, who has been identified as 32-year-old Avery Richard, was killed on site in a gun battle with FBI agents. Avery Richard is believed to be the same individual who stole a vehicle and shot a Banks County Sherriff’s Deputy that was still in his patrol car near a Tanger outlet chain earlier this week in Commerce, Georgia. Richard is also accused of kidnapping a local woman.
Atlanta is known for its issues dealing with violence throughout the law enforcement community, landing on last years FBI list of the top 25 murder capitals. Atlanta ranks number 18 on the list, according to data compiled in 2016, with a murder rate of 20.2 per 100,000 civilians and 94 total murders in 2015. The city has seen a nearly seven percent rise in violent crime over the past decade.
Friday’s violence happened on the same day that President Trump was making the first presidential visit to the National Rifle Association convention, held in Atlanta, since 1983.