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Federal agents helping to track weapons
HAMILTON, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- Federal agents are helping investigate a shooting in which a police officer was injured and the suspect killed.
The training and tools the officer used Saturday morning saved his life. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is helping Hamilton Police track two guns an 18-year-old man used when he shot at a police officer. The wounded officer returned fire, killing the boy, Brandon Keeler.
Keeler was walking down the street with a 10 millimeter pistol and shooting a semi-automatic AK-47. He shot at Officer Stafford before Stafford shot back, killing the 18-year-old. But where did the young man get the weapons? ATF is on the case.
Agent Jim Deir of the Cincinnati ATF said, "Follow the gun and figure out who bought those guns and how they ended up where they did."
Agent Deir says Keeler wanted a confrontation with police or he wanted to hurt someone in the neighborhood. Officer Stafford told his training officer he resorted to his training to prevail. The real life training with scenarios and simulations saved his life.
A weapon mounted light that Stafford used to protect himself Saturday morning used to be just for the SWAT team. That is until the fall when it was issued to all patrol officers. Training and the right equipment allowed Stafford to protect himself.
Stafford was treated and released from the hospital Saturday with only stitches to his head. An autopsy was performed Monday on Brandon Keeler.