A Chicago man who shot two federal agents and a task force officer after mistakenly believing them to be members of a rival gang has pleaded guilty to federal assault and firearms charges.
Eugene McLaurin, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of assaulting a federal officer and two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence, more than two years after he opened fire on an unmarked vehicle in Chicago’s Morgan Park.
According to federal prosecutors, the agents and officer were traveling in the vehicle around 5:40 a.m. July 7, 2021, as part of a covert federal investigation on the city’s South Side.
In pleading guilty, McLaurin admitted he had mistakenly believed they were members of an opposing gang and began following the officers’ vehicle. He then pulled alongside it near an I-57 expressway on-ramp and fired several shots.
The two agents and task force officer were wounded. According to the plea agreement, both ATF agents suffered “permanent bodily injuries.”
McLaurin admitted he disposed of his firearm in a sewer drain shortly after the shooting and hid the key to his vehicle in the basement of his residence in an attempt to conceal evidence, according to prosecutors.
Each firearm count is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum of life.
McLaurin is scheduled to be sentenced March 13, 2024.