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U.S. Marshals, St. Louis cop shot attempting to serve arrest warrant

By Reuters
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 12:17 EDT
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ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – Two deputy U.S. Marshals and a St. Louis police officer were shot and wounded and the suspect in their shooting killed on Tuesday morning at a home in St. Louis, officials said.

One of the marshals was in critical condition, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. The two other wounded officers were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

It was not immediately known if the suspect took his own life or was shot by police. The deceased suspect was not immediately identified.

The incident occurred at about 6:50 a.m. local time in an area of single family homes about a mile from the Mississippi River when officers attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant, police said. The suspect apparently opened fire on the police, wounding the three officers.

About two hours later a SWAT team arrived and entered the house. The man apparently died shortly after the team entered the home. Police said the St. Louis officer was hit in his bullet proof vest near his neck and suffered additional minor injuries in a fall.

(Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Reporting by Bruce Olson; Editing by Greg McCune)

[Photo via U.S. Marshals Service]

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