Two Illinois men were arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court on new charges tied to their alleged ambush of two federal ATF agents during a botched gun buy over the summer.
Bernard A. Graham, 25, of Calumet City, and Blake W. King, 19, of Chicago, have remained in federal custody since their June arrest while awaiting trial on charges they shot at two undercover agents June 7 outside a home in Gary.
The agents, one of whom was shot in the arm and chest, returned fire, killing 28-year-old Raymon Truitt II, an alleged accomplice.
In the recently filed superseding indictment, Graham and King are both charged with assaulting two special agents with the intent to rob them, and to impede an undercover investigation.
The indictment also allege they knowingly brandished, discharged and carried a firearm to further a crime of violence.
Graham is also charged with being in possession of gun ammunition having been previously convicted of aggravated battery of a peace officer in July 2017.
The original indictment charged them both with forcibly assaulting a special ATF agent, use of a deadly and dangerous weapon and infliction of bodily injury, and use and carry of a firearm during a crime of violence, according to a complaint.
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A fourth individual, Leondre Smith, 29, of Homewood, Illinois, was already charged in Lake Criminal Court on allegations he arranged the gun purchase with Truitt, an illegal firearm supplier in Gary, that led to the shooting.
Truitt and his associates — Graham and King — allegedly ambushed the gun buyers, shooting one of the agents in the chest and arm, outside a home in the 500 block of Kentucky Street in Gary.
Smith allegedly admitted to police he knew the confidential informant was a convicted felon at the time of the gun sale. He denied knowledge of the ambush, records state.
The shootout unfolded around noon after Smith handed the informant a bag purported to have guns inside.
After the informant placed the bag — later determined to contain pots and pans — on the ground and unzipped it, King pulled the informant’s shirt over his head as Truitt and Graham allegedly opened fire on the two ATF agents in the car.
Pretial motions are due by Oct. 31. A trial has been set for Dec. 10 before Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen.
Both entered not guilty pleas during Wednesday's arraignment hearing, court records show.