Georgia Man Sentenced to 11+ Years in Prison for Assaulting FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling

A Georgia man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after he injured an FBI agent who was trying to arrest him, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. 

Christopher Upshaw, also known as “Trouble,” pleaded guilty in January to one count of forcible assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon. 

“Chris Upshaw acted with utter disregard for the lives and safety of others when he injured law enforcement and endangered community members during his frantic flight,” said U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary. “Ultimately, Upshaw couldn’t evade justice, thanks to the tireless efforts of the FBI and others to hold him accountable.”

Prosecutors alleged that a team of local and federal authorities tried to arrest Upshaw during a traffic stop after he picked up a suspicious package in August 2023. 

An unidentified FBI agent attempted to open the passenger door, prompting Upshaw to speed off. The agent was pulled into another vehicle and injured. 

Upshaw’s car also struck three law enforcement vehicles. 

Upshaw fled and was arrested several days later.  

“This case shows the risk law enforcement officers face on a daily basis,” FBI Agent Rich Bilson said. “Upshaw violently assaulted both our Task Force Officer and a Special Agent. The FBI stands ready to investigate any crimes against officers. More than anything, we are thankful that the injuries were not more severe, and that this incident did not result in a loss of life.”

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