URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Deputy U.S. Marshal Shot And Killed In West Virginia Attack; 2 Others Wounded; Assailant Killed By Return Gunfire
Two other deputy marshals were wounded in the attack. Their conditions were not immediately known. Charles E. Smith, the alleged assailant, reportedly was killed by return fire from law enforcement.
Smith, 50, used a shotgun in his attack on the marshals, officials said.
The attack on the marshals in West Virginia followed by a day an attack on two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Mexico.
Special Agent Jaime Zapata was shot and killed in the attack, and a second ICE agent was wounded by gunfire. The agents were assigned to ICE’s attaché office in Mexico City, and were ambushed while driving between Monterrey, Mexico, and Mexico City, officials said.
ICE is an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“[A]ny act of violence against our ICE personnel — or any DHS personnel — is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Elkins, a city of about 7,000 in North Central West Virginia, is about 163 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pa.