St. Louis shoot-out leaves one U.S. marshal, dead, another wounded; suspect killed

March 9th, 2011 by Staff – A U.S. lawman was killed along with the shooter Tuesday when a wild gunfight erupted as federal marshals tried to serve an arrest warrant at a St. Louis home, authorities said.

Two federal marshals were shot along with a local cop, who was saved by his bullet-proof vest in the gunbattle with a man holed up in the house. Marshal John Perry, 48, later died from his wounds.

“Our people and our partners are well trained and prepared, but it is impossible to predict when a wanted individual will make a fateful choice that results in the loss of life or injury,” said Service Director Stacia A. Hylton. “Today, unfortunately, we again feel that pain.”

St. Louis police confirmed the suspect, Carlos Boles, was killed in the shootout on the city’s south side.

A woman at the scene, where blocks were cordoned off with police tape, said the dead man was her brother.

“All we know is they killed him,” Sannita Vaughan told reporters gathered near the shooting scene.

It appeared Boles opened fire on the trio serving the warrant in a neighborhood about a mile away from the Mississippi River.

A SWAT team entered the house where the suspect was hiding about two hours after the first burst of gunfire.

The second marshal, who was undergoing surgery, was shot in the ankle and listed in fair condition at the St. Louis University Hospital.

The wounded police officer, after taking a bullet to his vest, was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment. You are free to voice your opinion but please keep it clean. Any comments using profanity will be rejected.