A member of the US Marshals Service was called a hero after he was shot and killed Thursday early morning in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Another two officers were reported wounded. They were all serving a federal arrest warrant when the gunfire erupted.
Christopher D. Hill, 45, who has been serving for US Marshals Service for 11 years was shot while serving a warrant at a Hurrisburg house around 6:10 a.m. The warrant was for the arrest of Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce. According to a press release from US Marshals Service, she was wanted for terroristic threat offenses.
When Pierce was arrested, a man fired his gun from inside Pierce’s house, striking Hill, a US Army veteran and Kyle Pitts, York police officer. The police officers returned fire and killed the unidentified man. Hill was immediately hospitalized and pronounced dead around 20 minutes later.
Pitts had injuries that were, fortunately, not life-threatening.
David J. Anderson, acting deputy director of the U.S.Marshals Service said in a statement that the whole state is sad by the tragic death of Deputy US Marshal Christopher Hill. Anderson said, “He 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. The nation lost a hero today”.
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse gave a speech to the public saying that the town mourns the loss of the Marshall whose life goal was to protect his brothers and sisters. He added that the investigation will continue, and Harrisburg police will continue to cooperate with federal and local law enforcement officials.
Hill served in Afghanistan from 1993 to 1996. He became part of the US Marshals in 2006 in Washington D.C. and then 2 years later transferred to Harrisburg. He is survived by his wife and two children.