HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHP) – A US Marshal was killed and another was injured after being ambushed by an unidentified gunman while serving an arrest warrant in a Harrisburg neighborhood Thursday morning, according to Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo.
The US Marshal’s Service was called to the home on the 1800 block of Mulberry Street in Harrisburg around 6:30am to serve an arrest warrant on Shayla Pierce, who was wanted by Harrisburg Police for making terroristic threats. The charges stem from a November 25 incident where Pierce allegedly pointed a gun at another woman’s head during a dispute in her Mulberry Street neighborhood.
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Hill and Pitts were shot and a Harrisburg Police officer was able to shoot the gunman before being hit by gunfire in his bulletproof vest himself, officials say.
Hill, an 11-year veteran of the force, was killed and Pitts was hurt in the ambush-style attack.
After draggging the injured officers out of the back, the seven-man fugitive task force team took down the suspect. EMS racing both officers to the hospital. But for Deputy Hill, it was too late.
Investigators say Deputy Marshal Christopher David Hill, 45, and York City Police Officer Kyle Pitts had Pierce in handcuffs when a man began firing at them from the second floor window of the home before exiting the front of the residence and continuing to fire at the officers, according to DA Chardo.
“Our entire community mourns the loss of Deputy Hill and the brotherhood and sisterhood of law enforcement stands together,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.
“Deputy Hill served the American people and the citizens of his community with courage. He will be missed and words cannot say how much,” US Marshal Martin Pane said.
Marshal Pane described the highly decorated agent. Hill was a part of the agency’s Special Operations Group and an Army veteran. He leaves behind a wife and two kids.
“None of us have sufficient words to express our grief and sorrow. The Hills have lost a husband, father, son, brother, far too soon,” he said.
The man who allegedly fired the shots was killed when officers returned fire. Pierce is in custody. The shooting investigation is being handled by the Harrisburg Bureau of Police and the FBI.