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Deputy U.S. marshal dead, two cops injured in Harrisburg PA shooting

A deputy U.S. marshal was shot and killed, and two police officers were wounded trying to serve a warrant Thursday morning in Harrisburg, according to authorities.

The shooting occurred at 18th and Mulberry streets while federal and local law enforcement were working in tandem as part of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, said Mayor Eric Papenfuse

“Harrisburg mourns the loss this morning of a U.S. Marshal who died protecting our residents,” Papenfuse said in a statement. “While serving a warrant as part of the U.S. Marshal’s task force, three officers were shot, including a Harrisburg police officer, who was wounded, bravely returned fire and critically injured the gunman.”


The York Police Department confirmed one of its officers was shot and wounded.

“The officer has been transported to Hershey Medical Center and is receiving treatment for a non-life threatening injury,” York police said in a statement. “The names of the officers involved are not yet being released. Chief [Troy] Bankert is currently in Dauphin County checking on our officer and is coordinating with the various local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies involved.”

The shooting happened in the Allison Hill neighborhood, on the other side of the Amtrak tracks, 1.5 miles from the state Capitol complex. Allison Hill is a mix of single and twin homes, some carved into multi-units, rising on narrow streets that wind around graffiti-marred abandoned factories and boarded-up residential properties.

Yellow placards, marking the location of bullet casings, stood in the intersection Thursday afternoon as law enforcement investigated behind yellow crime-scene tape that cordoned off several streets.

The shooting occurred a block away from where police shot and killed a man last month after he drove around the city shooting at police cars.

A third shooting also occurred in the same area within the last four months, said Ron Segrist, 53, who lives on Mulberry Street.

“A nice old guy was shot in the leg,” he said.

Despite the spate of shootings, Segrist added, gunfire is relatively rare in his stretch of Mulberry Street.

“It’s just bizarre,” he said. “So much hate on one block.”

The investigation is continuing, Papenfuse said.

“No words can adequately express the sadness we feel at this moment as we contemplate the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in the line of duty,” he added. “I extend my sincerest condolences to the family of the slain U.S. Marshal, to his colleagues and to all law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect and to serve our city and our nation.”

A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in downtown Harrisburg.

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