Chase White, 41, a father of four and a Deputy U.S. Marshal was shot and killed while serving a fugitive warrant last night in Tucson, Arizona at approximately 7:30 p.m. EST on Thursday.
Deputy White was rushed to Banner-University Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries later in the evening.
Deputy White, a 3-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service assigned to the District of Arizona, was part of a fugitive task force executing a warrant for the arrest of Ryan Schlesinger, 26, who was wanted by the Tucson Police Department.
The team located Schlesinger at a residence in Tucson.
Upon approach to location Schlesinger fired upon them, and Deputy White was struck with multiple rounds.
Schlesinger remained barricaded inside the residence, but ultimately surrendered and was taken into custody.
Deputy White received emergency trauma care on-site and was transported immediately to Banner-University Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
He is the first federal marshal to be killed in the line of duty in Tucson in 66 years.
“The District of Arizona lost one of its finest last night.”
Deputy Chase White was an outstanding professional, a man who was dedicated to eradicating crime from the streets of Tucson,” said United States Marshal David Gonzales, District of Arizona.
“Please keep his family, and his brothers and sisters in the law enforcement community, in your thoughts as we deal with this tragedy.”
“Losing one of our own is the most difficult situation we face.”
(U.S. Marshal David Gonzales, remembers fallen Deputy Chase White. Courtesy of News 4 Tucson KVOA-TV and YouTube. Posted on Nov 30, 2018.)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.
“We are all extremely saddened by the tragic death of our brother, Deputy U.S. Marshal Chase White, last night in Tucson, Arizona,” added David J. Anderson, Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Marshals Service.
“He was shot and killed while performing his mission.”
“It’s a dangerous job, but Chase was devoted to making his community and this nation safer. His sacrifice will not be forgotten.”
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and our law enforcement community. The nation lost a hero last night.”
Deputy White was raised in central Illinois and joined the USMS in 2015 in the District of Arizona. He served on active duty in the Air Force from 2000-2007.
White was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, serving with the 926th Wing located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. White is survived by his wife and four children.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.