US Marshal, Suspect Killed in W. Virginia Shootout

Two other federal marshals were wounded

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 16, 2011 1:38 PM CST

(Newser) – A US marshal is dead and two fellow marshals injured after a gunman opened fire inside his West Virginia house when they tried to serve a warrant. The gunman was killed in the ensuing shootout, reports the Charleston Gazette. Marshals were at the home of a 51-year-old man accused of possessing crack with the intent to distribute and possessing an illegal firearm. When marshals forced open the door, he opened fire with a shotgun, sources tell the paper.

File photo of a US marshal escorting a suspected Somali pirate into court in Virginia.
File photo of a US marshal escorting a suspected Somali pirate into court in Virginia.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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