By Katherine Lam, Fox News
A “hero” U.S. marshal was shot and killed and another police officer was wounded Thursday morning in Harrisburg, Penn., when gunfire erupted during the service of a warrant.
Another officer was struck by a bullet but not injured.
Christopher D. Hill, 45, an Army veteran who was part of the U.S. Marshals Service for 11 years, was killed after being shot while serving a warrant at the Harrisburg house around 6:10 a.m., the agency said.
(A member of the U.S. Marshals Service was shot and killed early Thursday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania while serving a warrant. Two other officers were also shot, including a police officer. Courtesy of the Associated Press and YouTube. Posted on Jan 18, 2018)
An arrest warrant was being served for Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce, who was wanted for allegedly making terroristic threats.
Another man who was in the house — when Pierce was being taken into custody — fired his gun from inside the house, striking Hill and York police officer Kyle Pitts.
Hill was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.
The shooting suspect was killed by return fire during the incident.
“[Hill] 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,” David J. Anderson, Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, said.
“The nation lost a hero today.”
Hill served in Afghanistan from 1993 to 1996. He joined the U.S. marshals in 2006 in Washington D.C., and transferred to Harrisburg in 2008.
He was also part of the agency’s Special Operations Group. He’s survived by his wife and two children.
Pitts had injuries that were not considered life threatening.
Mayor Eric Papenfuse said in an earlier statement: “Harrisburg mourns the loss this morning of a U.S. marshal who died protecting our residents.”
The mayor added a Harrisburg officer “bravely returned fire and critically injured the gunman,” ultimately killing the shooter.
(Police officers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, were rushed to a hospital after shots were fired while members of a U.S. Marshals Service task force were serving an early morning warrant. Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo and U.S. Attorney David Freed held a brief press conference on the incident. Courtesy of CBS News and YouTube. Posted on Jan 18, 2018)
The mayor had initially said the Harrisburg officer was wounded, but authorities said Thursday afternoon that he was struck, but was not injured.
“No words can adequately express the sadness we feel at this moment as we contemplate the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in the line of duty,” Papenfuse added.
“I extend my sincerest condolences to the family of the slain U.S. marshal, to his colleagues and to all law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect and to serve our city and our nation.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he was “saddened to hear this tragic news.”
“Praying for the officers involved and their families.”
“I am in constant contact with law enforcement, and grateful for their swift action,” he added.
Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Lou Barletta tweeted: “Please pray for the police officers injured in Harrisburg this morning.”
“Our police are tough and put their lives on the line everyday to keep communities safe. I am praying for a speedy recovery!”
Just before Christmas, a gunman identified as Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty was shot and killed by police after firing at them near the location of Monday’s encounter, according to PennLive.
El-Mofty wounded a state trooper and shot another officer near the Capitol.
(Learn More about The United States Marshals Service (USMS), a U.S. federal law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. Courtesy of SOF-LAW-INTEL and YouTube. Posted on Nov 2, 2017)
Fox News’ Michelle Chavez and Shira Bush and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Attorney General Sessions issued the following statement today on Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill, killed in the line of duty in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, while protecting his community:
“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.”
“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.”