After the two arrived, McKinley’s accomplice, Javonta Terrell Darden, arrived with what was believed to be a duffel bag with the firearms and marijuana. Instead, Darden dropped the bag, which had only sticks and pieces of wood in it. He then pulled a gun on the agent, the release said.
Darden ordered him to the ground as McKinley dug in the grounded agent’s front pocket and took $400 cash, according to the release. McKinley then searched the agent’s car for other valuables.
The agent, who was still held at gunpoint, was able to draw his gun and fired several shots at Darden, who died during a struggle with the agent.
McKinley managed to attack the agent after the shots rang out, striking him in the head with the agent’s gun. As he tried to escape, McKinley fired a shot into the agent’s back that went through his right shoulder and lodged into his jawline, breaking it.
“It is only through bravery, perseverance and extremely good luck that the agent Mr. McKinley tried to kill is alive and has recovered after being shot in the back while unarmed and posing no threat whatsoever,” U.S. Attorney G.F. Peterman said in the release.
Peterman said the agent’s actions that night were a reminder of law enforcement officials’ bravery in the line of duty.