March 9, 2011 / 8:00 AM / 9 years ago

Marshal, gunman die in St. Louis shootout

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A deputy U.S. Marshal serving a warrant was shot and killed, two other officers were wounded and the suspect was also killed in a gunfight on Tuesday at a home in St. Louis, officials said.

The marshal, identified as John Perry, 48, a 10-year veteran of the force, died at about 7 p.m. in a St. Louis hospital after a daylong battle for his life, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement.

The two other wounded officers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries suffered during the incident in the residential south side neighborhood.

The suspect was identified by the U.S. Marshals Service as Carlos Boles, 35, wanted for an assault on a law enforcement officer and drug possession.

According to relatives, Boles lived in the home with his two children, ages 5 and 2. Three other children were also in the house at the time. None of the children was injured.

The incident started at about 6:50 a.m. local time in an area of single family homes about a mile from the Mississippi River when officers attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant, police said. The suspect apparently opened fire on the police, wounding the three officers.

About two hours later a SWAT team arrived and entered the house with guns drawn but found the man dead. He died in the gunfight, police said.

A woman who identified herself to media as the man’s sister made an emotional plea to her brother shortly before the SWAT team entered the house.

“We don’t need to bury you. Let’s live,” she told KTVI-TV.

Relatives said the suspect had served prison time and been arrested on drug charges in the past.

Police said the St. Louis officer was hit in his bullet proof vest near his neck and suffered additional minor injuries in a fall.

Reporting by Bruce Olson; Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Greg McCune and Jerry Norton

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