A deputy US marshal was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant in Tucson Thursday evening, initiating a tense standoff.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus reported that the US Marshals Service was serving an active felony arrest warrant against Ryan Schlesinger, who opened fire on the lawmen and fatally wounded the deputy marshal. While the other members of the USMS-TPD team returned fire, none of the rounds managed to strike the suspect.
Following the killing of the marshal, law enforcement surrounded the house and prepared to lay siege to the domicile. After around an hour, TPD reported that they had the suspect in custody.
“This is a tragic night for law enforcement in Tucson and across the state of Arizona,” Magnus told reporters late Thursday. “This is very tough.”
According to Tucson.com, 26-year-old Schlesinger was facing charges of stalking a law enforcement officer, according to Magnus’ report. He was brought into custody without harm.
The marshal’s body was escorted to the morgue by local law enforcement.The federal agent was the first deputy U.S. marshal to be killed in the line of duty in Tucson in 66 years, according to online records kept by the Marshals Service.
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