A US marshal in Harisburg, Pennsylvania has been killed during a shootout that occurred while authorities served an arrest warrant. The news was confirmed by Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse in a statement, according to CBS News.
Christopher David Hill, 45, was an 11-year veteran of the US Marshals Service and father of two children. Two other officers were also shot, reported Penn Live.
The US Marshals confirmed that the gunman who shot at police was killed in the crossfire. CBS News indicated that the other shot officers are "OK" after the exchange of bullets, and they are currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The marshal died from injuries at a nearby hospital.
The officers had been serving a warrant for the arrest of Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce at around 6:00 AM. After authorities located Pierce in a home, a male suspect started shooting at the officers, reported Penn Live.
“Harrisburg mourns the loss this morning of a U.S. Marshal who died protecting our residents," the mayor said in a statement. "No words can adequately express the sadness we feel at this moment as we contemplate the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in the line of duty. I extend my sincerest condolences to the family of the slain U.S. Marshal, to his colleagues and to all law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect and to serve our city and our nation.”
A statement from Rep. Lloyd Smucker was also released: "My heart goes out to the family of the fallen U.S. Marshal who was killed this morning in Harrisburg. Our law enforcement officers work each day to keep us safe, and it pains me to know officers are killed and injured for simply doing their job. My prayers are with the injured officers and their families – I am extraordinarily grateful for their bravery in returning fire and preventing further loss of innocent life."
According to Penn Live, Pierce is currently in custody, and the investigation is being carried out by local police and the FBI.
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