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Bungled robbery of IRS agent yields three arrests

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More information has surfaced about the night an armed Internal Revenue Service agent opened fire on shotgun-toting suspects that foolishly tried to rob her in the Bayview neighborhood.

Three alleged crooks — two who ended up shot — thought the IRS agent, a woman alone in the night, was the perfect prey when they attempted to rob her in the 100 of Marlin Court, finding out too late that she was well-trained in firearms, police said.

The botched robbery took place in a parking area of Mariners Village near midnight Aug. 4, police said. The agent had just returned home from work and was unloading her car, they said.

“The subject with the shotgun raised it and pointed it at the agent’s chest and demanded all her money and property,” police said. “Obviously, they had no idea that they had just decided to rob an armed law enforcement officer.”

Using “her many years of training,” the 36-year-old agent swiftly drew her gun, identified herself as a federal agent and let loose on the assailants. All three took off running as the agent called SFPD.

Police said they found one of the three suspects hiding under a house and in “immediate” need of medical treatment for a gunshot wound. A second, uninjured suspect was found in a nearby house, police said.

“The third suspect had also suffered a gunshot wound but managed to run home and get a relative to drive him to an emergency room,” police said. “Hoping to elude capture, he chose a hospital far from the Bayview.”

That hospital was UCSF in San Francisco, where he was found and identified by the agent, police said.

As for the suspect’s shotgun? Police say they found it inside the suspect’s car in the hospital parking lot. It was loaded, they said.

All three suspects were arrested and charged, police said. The two injured suspects are expected to recover, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com