While serving an arrest warrant at the 1800 block of Mulberry, a Harrisburg deputy was shot and killed and another one wounded by a suspect with two active arrest warrants. The gunman died during the fire exchange with the authorities, and the wounded officer was transported to the hospital for emergency surgery.
Slayed Harrisburg Deputy Was an Afghanistan Vet
According to David Freed, a US attorney, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force member Christopher David Hill and Kyle Pitts, a York police officer, were among the officials tasked with serving an arrest warrant at the 1800 block of Mulberry on Thursday morning.
Freed declared that the law enforcement went to the door, rang the bell, and introduced themselves as well as the reason for being there. The US attorney added that at the time of the arrest some minors and another person were inside the house.
The recipient of the arrest warrant was 30-year-old Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce, wanted for making terroristic threats, assault, and carrying an illegal firearm. According to Freed, after the suspect was handcuffed, shots were heard from the building’s second floor.
Before they could react, Harrisburg Deputy Hills was mortally wounded, and Hills sustained non-life-threatening injuries. After the officers retreated, the gunman, later identified as 31-year-old Kevin Sturgis from Philadelphia, rushed out of the house and continued firing towards the police officers.
The suspect was later gunned down by the law enforcement authorities, and Pierce was taken into custody. A judge posted a $200,000 bond on her behalf. Pitts was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. The doctors believe that the officer will survive.
Hills, the slain Harrisburg deputy, was an ex-marine, who served in Afghanistan before joining the elite Special Operations Unit. The man is survived by two small children and his wife. Sturgis also had two active warrants.
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