Federal agent shot while serving warrant in Racine is now recovering at home

NOW: Federal agent shot while serving warrant in Racine is now recovering at home

Updated: 4:23 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2021

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Racine Police Department released new information Friday, Oct. 15, in the case involving the Oct. 6 shooting of a federal agent in Racine.

Police confirmed Friday that the shooting suspect in this case is 36-year-old Cody Herman of Racine.

Herman reportedly had outstanding warrants for domestic assault along with weapons violations.

During service of the warrants, Racine police say Herman fired at a federal agent, striking him and prompting a tactical response.

Herman was later found dead, in the basement of the home, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The federal agent who was shot is now recovering at home.

Posted: 9:18 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2021

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A federal agent was shot while trying to serve an arrest warrant on the southwest side of Racine, according to a press release from the Racine Police Department.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the department said its Special Investigations Unit assisted with a U.S. Marshal's Service task force operation at a home on Clairmont Street near Biscayne Avenue. 

Police said the federal task force members were trying to serve an arrest warrant for a suspect wanted on charges of aggravated assault and weapons violations. Neighbors identify the man as Cody Herman. When officers came to the door, someone fired shots at them from inside the home and a federal agent was hit by a bullet in the shoulder.

Racine police said task force members did not fire back. Officers said negotiations took place, and several children and adults exited the home. When authorities went inside the home, they found the male suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police said the agent is in stable condition. A spokesperson from the U.S. Marshals Service said the federal agent's injuries were non-life threatening.

Neighbors told CBS 58 it was a chaotic scene for several hours.

Just before 9:30 a.m., an emergency alert went out telling people to stay in their homes because of a critical incident.

Another alert went out around 3 p.m. telling neighbors the shelter-in-place recommendation was over.

Several neighbors said they heard gunshots. 

"Just sounded like a pop, pop, pop, pop. Just kept going, like constant...I hit the floor. It was too close," said Brenda, who lives in the area. 

"It's unreal. It's crazy, and we're just hoping for the best for whoever is in that house," said Dre Farmer, who also lives nearby. 

One man shared it all on Facebook live, even getting the moments when gunshots and flash bangs rang out.

"They breaching, y'all," said neighbor Joshua Allen.

Allen took to Facebook as he cautiously stepped onto his front lawn while a drone flew overhead. 

Four doors down, a man living in the Halloween-decorated house, who would say hello to him on the block, was the center of a violent standoff. 

"And we came outside and we seen so many police, and basically with like riot gear, with shields and everything," said Allen.

"It's rare we see the feds," said neighbor Tone Smith. "So that means something's going on for real, for real."

"We heard like the window break and then shots, like a lot of shots, and then smoke," said Erna Savic, who was babysitting nearby.

Joshua Allen knows the suspect's cousin.

"His cousin always told me he's a piece of work, not mentally stable," Allen said.

Racine police investigators are interested in any additional information that anyone may have about this incident. Anyone with information is urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756. People who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers by phone at (262) 636-9330, or through the Crime Stoppers app by using the p3 app.

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