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Gunman hit 18 times in Harrisburg shootout that claimed the life of a U.S. Deputy Marshal

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2018 5:08 PM
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Law enforcement personnel stand near the scene of a shooting Thursday Jan. 18, 2018 in Harrisburg, Pa. The mayor of Harrisburg says a U.S. marshal is dead after being shot while serving an arrest warrant in the city. Mayor Eric Papenfuse says two other officers were wounded in the Thursday morning shooting. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

(Harrisburg) -- The Dauphin County District Attorney says a man who fired on officers serving a warrant in Harrisburg in January was himself shot 18 times.

DA Fran Chardo says suspect Kevin Sturgis, a convicted felon, was killed when a bullet pierced his aorta during the shootout with officers.

Authorities disclosed last week Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill was killed by friendly fire -- after he has hit in the armpit in an area not protected by his ballistic vest during the January 18th shootout. FBI forensic experts determine another law enforcement officer's bullet that went through a wall and struck the York County man.

The nine-member task force went to the home in the city's Allison Hill neighborhood around 6:30 in the morning.

The Marshal Service fugitive task force was taking the target of the warrant, Shayla Pierce, into custody, when Sturgis opened fire. During the arrest, he yelled down from the second floor "are you looking for me?" officials said. 

Chardo says Sturgis' first shot wounded York officer Kyle Pitts in the elbow and he fired another shot that struck Harrisburg officer Jeff Cook in his ballistic vest.

He says Sturgis pointed a pistol at an officer before the officer fatally shot him.

Chardo ruled police were justified in shooting Sturgis.

He says seven of Sturgis' 18 wounds grazed him.

The U.S. Marshals Service plans to conduct a review of the FBI's report on the incident to see what lessons it may learn for serving warrants in the future.

 

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From inside the the Special Operations Group's tactical vehicle as DUSM Chris Hill is transported to his funeral. (Photo courtesy of Special Operations Group / US Marshals)

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