Federal Agent Shoots Would-Be Robber

By Jessica Greene
|  Thursday, Aug 5, 2010  |  Updated 9:43 AM PDT
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Two teenage suspects approached a woman outside her apartment in the Bayview at about midnight and tried to rob her at gunpoint.

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A pair of teenage robbery suspects picked the wrong would-be victim overnight Wednesday in San Francisco's Bayview District and now, one of those suspects is in a hospital in critical condition.

The two suspects approached a woman outside her apartment in the Bayview at about midnight and tried to rob her at gunpoint. But the woman -- a 36-year-old IRS agent -- pulled out her own gun and shot one of the suspects in the stomach.

The injured suspect was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and he's expected to survive. The second suspect was eventually caught and questioned but had not yet been arrested as of about 9 a.m. Thursday.

Police initially said the agent was off-duty when the attempted robbery happened but IRS spokeswoman Special Agent Arlette Lee told Bay City News that the agent was on duty at the time. Agents are on call 24 hours a day, Lee said, but could not elaborate on what the agent was investigating.

"It is not unusual for IRS agents to be out at different times of  the morning or evening," Lee said.

Lee could not clarify whether the agent used her service weapon in the shooting.

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