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Inspector general to investigate flawed ATF operation in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general will investigate a flawed undercover operation in Milwaukee by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz told two House members in a letter that the Milwaukee sting raised, “significant management issues” relating to the ATF.

He said it was troubling, after the agency had promised reforms in the wake of the “Fast and Furious” gun scandal in Arizona in which a missing weapon killed a Border Patrol agent.

In Milwaukee, the ATF set up a fake storefront to try and catch gun traffickers. The Journal Sentinel later found that the store was burglarized, an ATF agent’s machine gun remains missing, a felon who threatened to shoot somebody in the store escaped untouched, and at least four wrong people were arrested.

Horowitz told Menomonee Falls House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner that an earlier ATF report addressed management concerns – but he would still investigate the sting operation itself in conjunction with other ATF operations.

He did not say when the probe would be finished.