(02/16/2011)
WED. 1 PM - A US Marshal has died after being shot by a fugitive in Elkins, while serving a warrant.

Also dead is Charles Smith, a federal fugitive, following a gunfight with law enforcement. He had been wanted since 2006 when he failed to appear to answer a federal indictment on drug and weapons violations.

U.S. Marshals Service received information he was staying at a home in Elkins and a federal magistrate issued a search warrant for the home.

Reports say Deputy Marshal's and State Police went to execute the search warrant Wednesday morning. They were met with shotgun fire as they came through the front door.

Marshals and State Police returned fire killing Smith, sources saying he was armed with a shotgun and pistol.

WED. 11:45 AM - Authorities are saying three deputy U.S. Marshals have been shot while serving a warrant in Elkins.

U.S. Marshals spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue is saying the marshals from the state's northern district were struck by shotgun blasts at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday as they came close to a home with a warrant.

Officials are saying one marshal was transported to a hospital by a chopper, while the other two taken to an Elkins hospital.

The extent of their injuries unknown.

An early report says when they entered the home, they were hit with a blast from a shotgun, with several other shots heard after the initial shotgun blast.

witnesses said. No report yet on what happened to the occupant.

Authorities have the area blocked off, and WV State Police, the FBI, U.S. Marshals and the Randolph County Sheriff's Department are on the scene, in addition to the Elkins Fire Department.


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