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U.S. Marshal Killed, Two Wounded In Shootout With Drug Suspect

U.S. Marshal Killed, Two Wounded In Shootout With Drug Suspect

The Baltimore Sun via YellowBrix

February 17, 2011

CHARLESTON, W. Va – A deputy U.S. marshal was fatally shot and two others were wounded on Wednesday as they were trying to arrest a West Virginia man who also was killed in the exchange, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Charles Smith, 50, opened fire with a shotgun as several marshals and state police entered his home at about 8:30 a.m. in Elkins, West Virginia, about 140 miles northeast of Charleston, said Jeff Carter, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington, D.C.

The marshals had a federal search warrant and an arrest warrant for Smith, who was wanted on cocaine charges, Carter said.

As the marshals entered his home, they were struck by the shotgun blast. They returned gunfire, killing Smith, Carter said.

Deputy Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller, 24, was shot in the neck and died of his wounds. He had worked as a marshal for just over a year, Carter said.

A second marshal was shot in his bulletproof vest and a third was shot in the hand. The two marshals’ wounds were not life-threatening, and one was recovering at a local hospital, and the other was treated and released, Carter said.

Smith was being sought on a charge related to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and felony possession of a firearm, Carter said. Serving the warrants with the marshals were members of the West Virginia State Police and the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force.

The wounded marshals’ names were not immediately released.


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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    RIP, Deputy Hotsinpiller.

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    Sheepdog1

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace may God Bless your family, friends and co-workers.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Rest in peace, Marshal Hotsinpiller.

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    walvira

    over 3 years ago

    44 Comments

    RIP! MY CONDOLENCE TO HIS FAMILYAND FRIENDS. NOW HE WILL BE WITH THE COPS ANGEL(S)
    NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTON

    MS. W. ROSADO
    EOW: 01/24/2007

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    dcrump

    over 3 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

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    Inxorte

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace may God Bless your family, friends and co-workers.

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    MP247

    over 3 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Marshal Hotsinpiller

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    WACollector

    over 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    station_100_2003

    over 3 years ago

    552 Comments

    Gone to soon. May you rest in peace and may God shine down on your family friends and fellow officers in their time of grief.

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    rmstone

    over 3 years ago

    5122 Comments

    Rest In Peace.

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    alex82

    over 3 years ago

    2736 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother. My prayers are with your family, friends, and loved ones.

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    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP

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    IowaNinersFan

    over 3 years ago

    20840 Comments

    RIP

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