03/09/2011

US marshal dies from injuries in St. Louis shootout

48-year-old John Perry was shot in head

By Kim Bell
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — Deputy Marshal John Perry was shot and killed in St. Louis, Missouri, while serving a warrant.

At approximately 6:50 am Deputy Marshal Perry along with approximately ten other U.S. Marshals and St. Louis police officers went to the suspect's home to serve a felony warrant for assault on a law enforcement officer and drug possession.

The officers were able to remove several children from the home before beginning their search for the suspect. As the officers searched the home for the suspect, he opened fire on them, striking one deputy marshal and one St. Louis police officer. In a second exchange of gunfire, a second deputy marshal was shot and the suspect was shot and killed.

Deputy Marshal Perry was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds later in the day.

Deputy Marshal Perry had served with the United States Marshals Service for 10 years and had previously served 16 years as a probation officer for the Madison County Probation and Court Services Department.

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