U.S. Marshal RememberedStaff
By all accounts, 24-year-old Derek Hotsinpiller was full of life when he was shot and killed while serving a search warrant in Elkins Wednesday.
Hotsinpiller, a U.S. Marshal, was entering a home where Marshals planned to arrest 50-year-old Charles Smith. Police say Smith fired several rounds at Marshals when they opened the door.
After an exchange of gunfire, two Marshals were injured. Smith was shot dead, and Hotsinpiller was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for emergency surgery. A short time later, Hotsinpiller was pronounced dead.
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One U.S. Marshal Killed, Two Injured in Elkins Shooting
Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 ; 10:04 AM
Updated Wednesday, February 16, 2011; 08:32 PM
At about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, deputy U.S. Marshals were trying to serve an arrest warrant on Charles Smith, 50, at his house on Central Street, according to officials.
When they entered the home, Smith shot U.S. Deputy Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller, in the neck. A second deputy was shot in the shoulder with a shotgun. The third deputy received facial injuries from shrapnel from the shotgun, Federal Magistrate Judge John Kaull said.
A deputy marshal and a state trooper returned fire, killing Smith, state police officials said.
Hotsinpiller and one of the other deputies were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where they underwent surgery. Hotsinpiller died at the hospital, according to officials. The other deputy made it through surgery and officials with the U.S. Marshals said they hope for a full recovery.
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