US Marshals shot in south St. Louis

6:45 PM, Mar 8, 2011   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK)--  A St. Louis Police Officer, who was wounded at the scene, has been treated and released. The man suspected of shooting two US Marshals and a St. Louis police officer, while they were serving an arrest warrant in south St. Louis, has died. He is identified as Carlos Boles, 35. 

A deputy the US Marshal Service previously announced had died from his injuries is hospitalized in critical condition. It apologizes for the incorrect information.

Two St. Louis City Police Officers and eight US Marshals, working with the Marshals Service, arrived at the residence in the 3100 block of Osage around 6:45 to take Boles into custody. Children were present into the home upon arrival and escorted out of the home for their safety. Police and US Marshals then began a floor by floor search for Boles. Once discovered, the suspect fired and the law enforcement officials returned fire, according to William Sibert with the U.S. Marshals Service. Two US Marshals and one St. Louis City Police Officer were hit. The suspect was also shot and pronounced dead at the scene. 

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the suspect was being taken into custody on at-large warrants for 2nd degree assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Resisting Arrest.

Shooting scene - PHOTOS 

The scene was turned over to the FBI and they have taken over the investigation, which is standard in a situation such as this.

During the stand-off, the SWAT team went inside the home with their guns drawn. When they came out of the home, they were more relaxed, but details about what occurred have not been released.

Osage was blocked at Compton for several blocks to the east after the shooting happened. A command center has been set up in the middle of the street.

The two Marshals were taken to Saint Louis University Hospital. One of the Marshals was in critical condition and had been shot in the head. The other Marshal was in fair condition and had been shot in his ankle.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay also went to the hospital to speak with the victims and their families.  He said the incident was a tragic example of the risk that law enforcement have to deal with everyday. 

The St. Louis police officer was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital, according to police spokesperson Erica Van Ross. She said he was up and talking. He is a 34 year veteran of the police department. He has been treated and released.

Police said the officer was shot in the bullet-proof vest and fell off some stairs and hurt his arm. He was grazed on his chest and the bullet ricocheted and hit his chin and cheek.

A woman at the scene told NewsChannel 5's Kasey Joyce she is the sister of the suspected shooter and was distraught. She said authorities came to serve him warrants and he said I am not going to jail and am not planning on coming out alive. She said he had served 10 years in prison.

Another woman at the scene told NewsChannel 5's Kasey Joyce she lives inside the suspect's home and her children were there when the shooting happened. She said police safely removed her children from the home.

Attorney General Chris Koster issued the following statement this morning:

"My prayers go out for the two federal marshals and the St. Louis police officer who were injured in a shootout in St. Louis this morning. These brave men put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety. They do their jobs without thought of recognition or glory, but to preserve law and order and protect the citizenry. They are truly Missouri heroes."

United States Attorney Richard Callahan also issued the following statement this morning:

"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."


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