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Deputy US Marshal dies after gun battle

March 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A standoff in St. Louis on Tuesday came to a deadly end after a federal marshal died of gunshot wounds and a suspect was shot and killed.

Authorities were executing an arrest warrant at a house in a south St. Louis suburb when the man they were trying to apprehend, Carlos Boles, opened fire on them with a semi-automatic pistol as they attempted to enter the home, according to ABC News.

Two marshals were wounded during the gun battle and were taken to St. Louis University Hospital. A police officer was also wounded.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington said Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry, 48, died of gunshot wounds at 7 p.m. He been with the U.S. Marshals for almost a decade.

The other marshal was shot in the ankle and is in fair condition.

St. Louis police say their officer was hit in his bullet-proof vest and suffered a graze wound to his face and injuries from a fall. He was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and was expected to be released later Tuesday.

Law enforcement officers were trying to arrest Boles on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer and drug possession.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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