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Friendly fire killed US Deputy Marshal Christopher Hill — FBI report

Friendly fire killed US Deputy Marshal Christopher Hill — FBI report”

U.S. Marshals spokeswoman Michelle Coghill says Sturgis - who also died from gunshot wounds - is the one to blame for the tragedy.

Christopher Hill, 45, was accidentally struck by a bullet fired by another member of the law enforcement team serving an arrest warrant on Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce, 30, at a Harrisburg home for threatening a neighbor with a firearm.

Agents cuffed a woman, and then a man started shooting at them.

Sturgis then fired on task force members as he descended the stairs.

The bullet passed through a wall in the home and struck Hill.

"Sturgis caused his own death and the death of Deputy Marshal Hill, and it's his fault, he is the reason that he is dead, and he is the reason that Deputy Marshal Hill tragically lost his life", said Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo. Sturgis shouted from the stairs before descending and opening fire. He referred questions to the Dauphin County DA's office.

Deputy Marshal Chris Hill was killed in a hail of gunfire after a tactical team responded to a home in Harrisburg, Pa., where Kevin Sturgis was hiding out on January 18.

The investigation revealed that all the task force members performed very well under extremely stressful circumstances.

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo said Thursday that conclusion was made after laboratory tests were performed on material related to the January 18 death of Deputy Marshal Christopher Hill. Other task force members returned fire upon Sturgis, eventually ending the threat, the DA said.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Sturgis was wanted in connection with the shooting of a pregnant woman in Philadelphia.

"Sturgis maliciously and unnecessarily set in motion the exchange of gunfire that led to both deaths", the district attorney said. Task force members rendered aid to Deputy Marshal Hill.

"He was an outstanding deputy", he said.

"Deputy Hill made the ultimate sacrifice while executing a lawful arrest warrant on a female suspect wanted for terroristic threats. Those facts remain unchanged too", it read in part.

Chardo added that Sturgis will still be held responsible for both his and Hill's deaths.

"For me, I'd just like to thank the people in the greater Harrisburg and York community for their outpouring of support for the Hill family", he said.

Hill's surivors include wife Sylvia Nicole (Lee) Hill, their two children and his father, John David Hill.



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