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Marshal dies following shooting in south St. Louis

Will be updated as more information becomes available.

Updated 3:45 p.m. March 10, 2011:

From the U.S. Marshals Service:

"A funeral service for Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry will be held Sunday, March 13, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. 

U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton will attend."

From a U.S. Marshals Service press release: (updated at midnight to correct spelling of injured marshal's name)

- Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry, 48, died at St. Louis University Hospital around 7 p.m. Tuesday from a gunshot wound to the head. Perry had been with the Marshals for 10 years.

- The name of the second injured Marshal has also been released. Deputy U.S. Marshal Theodore Abegg, 31, has been with the marshals for three years. He suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle.

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- The Marshal Service's director, Stacia A. Hylton, issued the following statement:

"Our deputies and law enforcement partners face danger every day in the pursuit of justice for the citizens of this great nation. Our people and our partners are well trained and prepared, but it is impossible to predict when a wanted individual will make a fateful choice that results in the loss of life or injury. When that happens, and the life lost is a law enforcement officer or other public servant, it is an immeasurable tragedy felt by all. Today, unfortunately, we again feel that pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fallen deputy as well as the injured and their families."

From Adam Allington:

- Two federal marshals and one city police officer were shot in St. Louis early this morning. (Tuesday)

- One victim, a federal marshal, remains in critical condition.

- The suspect opened fire on officers when they arrived to arrest him shortly before 7AM.

- One deputy U.S. Marshal was shot in the head, the other in the ankle.  A city police officer was hit in his protective vest and also received a grazing wound to the face. (As of 4:20 p.m. St. Louis Police have now said that the officer has been treated and released).

-St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the incident is a sad reminder of the dangers faced by officers every day.

“This is a tragic example of what our law enforcement officers go through, the risks that they undertake and their families.   So, we need to support them, we need to think about them, and for the injured officers we need to keep them in our thoughts.”

- Authorities returned fire and killed the shooter.

From the Associated Press (updated 12:28 p.m. March 8,2011):

- A U.S. marshal is in critical condition after he was shot in the head during a gunfight in St. Louis.

- The U.S. marshal for eastern Missouri, William Sibert, says a second marshal was shot in the ankle and is undergoing surgery.

-A St. Louis police officer who was working with the marshals was wounded by a bullet that grazed his face.

- Sibert says the marshals and police were trying to take a suspect into custody in a house on the city's south side Tuesday morning when that man fired, prompting authorities to return fire. Officials have not said what the suspect was wanted for.

- St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says the police officer is expected to recover and be released from the hospital Tuesday.

According to reporter on the scene of the standoff, Rachel Lippmann:

  • - Family members say the deceased suspect is 36-year-old Carlos Boles. Left behind two children. (as of 9:50 a.m.)
  • - St. Louis Police have confirmed the deceased suspect is dead. (as of 9:50 a.m.)
  • - Reports on the scene say suspect has been killed. (as of 9:00 a.m.)
  • - S.W.A.T. officers have now moved into the situation (as of 8:30 a.m.)

According to the St. Louis Police Department Media Hotline:

  • - A standoff occurred this morning in the 3100 block of Osage. (updated 9:56 a.m. to reflect easing of situation - standoff no longer ongoing)
  • - Three members of law enforcement have been shot during the standoff - two were U.S. Marshals and the other was a St. Louis Police Department officer working with the Marshals.
  • - The St. Louis Police Department officer was shot in the vest, but also suffered a fall during the incident and has a graze wound. He has been taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital. 

According to Laura Keller, St. Louis University Hospital:

  • - One of the injured U.S. Marshals is listed in critical condition. He had previously been declared dead by a release sent out by the U.S. Marshals, but that information has since been corrected.

United States Attorney Richard Callahan made the following statement regarding the shootings (Added at 4:28 p.m. March 8, 2011):

“On behalf of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, I want to extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the families of the three law enforcement officers who were the victims in this mornings shootings.  This tragedy is but another reminder of the ever present truth that for the men and women on whom we depend to keep our streets safe, each and every day on the job can be their last.  We work with them, we honor their sacrifice, and we share in their grief.”

Location of the standoff incident, 3117 Osage St. in St. Louis, Mo.

Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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