Chicago Gang Leader Charged In Shooting Of ATF Agent

The co-leader of a Southwest Side street gang was charged Tuesday in last week's shooting of an ATF agent in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Federal sources told the I-Team Tuesday morning the suspect was in custody. The I-Team later learned the suspect is Ernesto "Ernie" Godinez, co-leader of the Almighty Saints. He was arrested around 7 p.m. Monday, after he turned himself in.

According to the Chicago Police Department, 27-year-old Godinez has been arrested three times within the past two years on gang-related charges. His most recent arrest was July 30, 2017.

There was a tremendous show of force at Godinez's court appearance Tuesday. At least 65 federal agents, Celinez Nunez, special agent in charge of the Chicago field division, and the wounded agent's parents were in the courtroom.

Godinez was charged with forcible assault of a special agent of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms while on duty while using a dangerous weapon. He faces 20 years in prison.

Godinez was ordered held in custody.

 His detention hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on May 17.


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