Thursday, February 17, 2011

1 Deputy U.S. Marshal Shot and Killed and 2 Others Wounded in W. Virginia; Suspect is Killed

By Allan Lengel

One deputy U.S. marshal was shot and killed and two others were wounded in Elkins, West Virginia on Wednesday morning while trying to serve an arrest warrant for a man who failed to show up for a court appearance on charges of drugs and weapons, the Charleston Gazette reported. Authorities shot and killed the gunman.

The paper reported that State Police troopers and deputy Marshals were at the home of Charles Smith. After forcefully entering the home, Smith opened fire with a shotgun.

The paper reported that one Marshal was struck in the neck while another was hit in a bulletproof vest and a third one in the arm or hand.

A Marshal and trooper opened fire and killed Smith, the paper reported.

The U.S. Marshals Service said two of the agents were taken to local hospitals and the one who was shot in the neck was transported by helicopter. His condition was not immediately known.

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