ICE agent fires gun in Howard Beach: Feds

By Sarina Trangle

HOWARD BEACH — A Department of Homeland Security agent fired his gun around 11 p.m. Monday when a suspect driving a car near Cross Bay Diner accelerated toward agents, the department said.

The Department of Homeland Security said a nearby vehicle was hit, but nobody was injured outside the diner, near Cross Bay Boulevard and 160th Avenue.

The New York Post reported that federal agents arrested three of four suspects the task force had planned to take into custody at the diner. The fourth suspect, who escaped, was described by the newspaper as a Hispanic man in his 30s.

The task force consisted of officers from the NYPD and the FBI in addition to Homeland Security.

The department said its Immigration and Customs Enforcement office of Professional Responsibility was investigating the matter.

“Because the broader probe related to these arrests is ongoing and the relevant court documents remain under seal, we are not at liberty to release any further details at this time,” Lou Martinez, spokesman for ICE’s New York Field Office, wrote in an e-mail.

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