Man accused of shooting US marshal Identified
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHP) - The U.S attorney's office has identified the man that killed a US Marshal this morning in Harrisburg as 31-year-old Kevin Sturgis of Philadelphia. Police say Sturgis ambushed police while they were serving a warrant for Shayla Pierce shooting and killing Deputy US Marshal Christopher Hill and wounding another officer.
Sturgis was killed by law enforcement at the scene, he had two active warrants from the city of Philadelphia.
The US Marshal's Service was called to the home on the 1800 block of Mulberry Street in Harrisburg around 6:30am to serve an arrest warrant on Shayla Pierce, who was wanted by Harrisburg Police for making terroristic threats. The charges stem from a November 25 incident where Pierce allegedly pointed a gun at another woman's head during a dispute in her Mulberry Street neighborhood.
Investigators say Deputy Marshal Christopher David Hill, 45, and York City Police Officer Kyle Pitts had Pierce in handcuffs when a man, identified as 31-year-old Kevin Sturgis, began firing at them from the second floor window of the home before exiting the front of the residence and continuing to fire at the officers, according to DA Chardo.
Hill and Pitts were shot and a Harrisburg Police officer was able to shoot the gunman before being hit by gunfire in his bulletproof vest himself, officials say.
Hill, an 11-year veteran of the force, was killed and Pitts was hurt in the ambush-style attack. Accoriding to the Dauphin county coroners office the cause of death was gunshot wound to the chest, the manner of death has been ruled a homicide.
After draggging the injured officers out of the back, the seven-man fugitive task force team took down the suspect. EMS racing both officers to the hospital. But for Deputy Hill, it was too late.
"Our entire community mourns the loss of Deputy Hill and the brotherhood and sisterhood of law enforcement stands together," Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.
"Deputy Hill served the American people and the citizens of his community with courage. He will be missed and words cannot say how much," US Marshal Martin Pane said.
Fighting back the tears, US Marshal Martin Pane described the highly decorated agent. Hill was a part of the agency's Special Operations Group and Army veteran. He leaves behind a wife and two kids.
"None of us have sufficient words to express our grief and sorrow. The Hills have lost a husband, father, son, brother, far too soon," he said.
A life cut too short. A community vowing to stand strong.
The man who allegedly fired the shots was killed when officers returned fire. Pierce is in custody. the shooting investigation is being handled by the Harrisburg Bureau of Police and the FBI.