As improbable as this may sound, it really happened in Chicago over the weekend:
A 52-year-old man was charged today with assault on a federal officer for his part in a hubcap theft this week during which an FBI agent shot into a car trying to run down officers, authorities said.
The suspect had fled the crash scene Monday but surrendered to police Thursday after being identified by a passenger in the car who apparently was wounded during the gunfire, the FBI said.
About 12:40 p.m. Monday three FBI agents were parked in the lot of a Jewel food store in the 1600 block of West Roosevelt Road in the Illinois Medical District, officials said, and they watched as a man got out of a gray four-door sedan and appeared to steal chrome-wheel hubcaps from a parked SUV.
When agents approached and identified themselves, the man jumped back into the sedan and refused orders to stop, driving at different agents and smashing an emergency vehicle while escaping, the FBI said.<./span>
During this, one FBI agent fired a shot at the sedan, which apparently wounded one of two sedan passengers in the hip while the driver took off down Roosevelt Road at a high speed, officials said.