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 U.S. Marshal Killed in Elkins, 2 Others Wounded

 

From the West Virginia State Police:

South Charleston, West Virginia – On Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at approximately 8:00am, two West Virginia State Troopers and several Deputy United States Marshals responded to 319 Central Street in Elkins, West Virginia in an attempt to serve a federal search warrant and arrest warrant on Mr. Charles Edward Smith (50 years of age). Upon entering the residence, law enforcement officers encountered gunfire from Mr. Smith. One Trooper and Deputy Marshal returned fire and fatally wounded Mr. Smith. During the incident, three Deputy Marshals received gunshot wounds. Two received non-life threatening injuries while one Deputy Marshal died at Ruby Memorial Hospital, in Morgantown, West Virginia, as a result of the wounds he received.

Colonel T. S. Pack, Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police, issued the following statement:

“Everyday, families of law enforcement officers live with the fact that their loved one may not return home following a shift of work. Today, we are experiencing that sad reality here in West Virginia. The senseless killing of a Deputy United States Marshal weighs heavy upon the heart of the West Virginia State Police family. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family, friends, and co-workers. May God provide comfort and understanding to all of us during this time of grieving.” – Colonel T. S. Pack

Any questions or requests for interviews should be directed to the United States Marshals Service Public Affairs Office at 202-307-9065.

Contact: Sergeant Michael Baylous, 304-746-2198