A U.S. marshal was killed and two other police officers were injured in a shootout in Harrisburg, Penn. Thursday morning, officials confirmed.
At 6:30 a.m., the marshal, 45-year-old Christopher David Hill, and two other police officers were serving a warrant for Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce, who was wanted by the Harrisburg Bureau of Police for terroristic threat offenses. Dozens of shots began ringing out, hitting the law enforcement officials, ABC 27 reported.
Mayor Eric Papenfuse confirmed later Thursday that Hill had died after being transported to the hospital where the two other officers are being treated.
“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.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions weighed in on the death of Hill in a statement shortly after the news was released.
“Today in the law enforcement community, our hearts are broken over the senseless killing of one of our Deputy Marshals, Chris Hill. He was shot and killed while doing his job executing a warrant on a wanted fugitive. Every day, Deputy U.S. Marshals make the people of this country safer by catching fugitives on the run, protecting our courthouses, our judges, and witnesses at trial,” Sessions said. “They achieve these critical accomplishments at often heroic risk. Chris Hill’s ultimate sacrifice calls to my mind the example of Robert Forsyth, whose name is given to the Marshals Service award for valor. Chris Hill’s name should also be remembered as synonymous with valor.”
“We are all extremely saddened by the tragic death of our brother, Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill, this morning in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was a devoted public servant who dedicated his life to making his community and this nation safer. We will never forget his commitment and courage,” said Deputy Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, David J. Anderson. “The nation lost a hero today.”
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