ATF Attacks St. Louis Woman

From a January 5, 1995, NRA Alert:

At four o'clock in the morning of July 13, 1994, dressed in their Ninja-style outfits, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms stormed into the bedroom of Monique Montgomery, aged 21, at her St. Louis, Missouri home. The ATF says it was looking for drugs in the home of the St. Louis woman, but it found none. The ATF says it was looking for illegal guns, but it found none. Instead -- after a investigation that was six weeks in the making -- it found a woman -- alone and deep asleep -- in her bedroom.

According to press accounts, two agents hit that bedroom with guns drawn, shields up and high intensity lights glaring. The agents claimed that they knocked and announced themselves ... before breaking down the woman's door. Hearing such a commotion and being startled as anyone would with such a bizarre scene at four in the morning, Miss Montgomery did what most reasonable Americans would do. She armed herself with a firearm she lawfully owned for personal protection.

The agents claim to have, quote, repeatedly identified themselves and told her to drop her weapon, unquote. But this is the same ATF which set the time for the raid at four in the morning -- to maximize the victim's disorientation. So the victim had no choice but to be disorientated and confused. And, according to the ATF, the agent, quoting again, didn't have any other choice, unquote, -- but to shoot her.

And shoot her he did. Four times.

Long before Ms. Montgomery was released from the hospital after being shot in the chest and hip, the agent who shot her was back on the job.

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