U.S. Marshal Killed in Harrisburg Arrest Raid

A team of officers swarmed a home in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday to arrest Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce on an outstanding warrant. The early morning raid kicked off a horrific firefight that killed U.S. deputy marshal Christopher Hill,  wounded two officers and left the suspected gunman dead.

A team of officers swarmed a home in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday with the goal of arresting Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce on an outstanding warrant. The early morning raid kicked off a horrific firefight that killed U.S. deputy marshal Christopher Hill, wounded two officers and left the suspected gunman dead. The 30-year-old Pierce had been accused of pulling a gun from her purse, without a concealed-carry permit, last year and threatening to shoot another woman, reports the Harrisburg Patriot-News. The victim told police she encountered a driver parked in the middle of the street. She did not know the woman driving the car, but asked the driver to move, since she was blocking traffic. The driver then got out of the car and allegedly pointed the gun at the victim’s head.

“I’ll shoot you,” the driver said, according to court records, before lowering the gun and then raising it a second time. “I’ll shoot her dumb (expletive.)” The incident happened in front of Pierce’s home.  It’s unclear what efforts, if any, were taken to arrest Pierce over the last month and a half since the crime. Police raids that are expected to be risky are often scheduled early in the morning, with the hopes of catching the suspects asleep or off-guard to reduce potential danger. While the crime allegedly involving Pierce was disturbing, it wasn’t the kind of case typically handled by the marshals service, which specializes in high-value, high-risk fugitives. As it turned out, Kevin Sturgis, 31, was inside Pierce’s home during Thursday’s deadly police raid. The Philadelphia man was wanted for two outstanding warrants from his hometown. Sturgis opened fire as officials sought to arrest Pierce.

from https://thecrimereport.org