David Anderson, Acting Director of the Department of Justice, United States Marshal Service, sadly reports the death of Deputy Marshal Christopher Hill.
Deputy Marshal Hill, 45, was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant in Harrisburg on a female that had made terrorist threats with a firearm.
Hill was a member of the Middle Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force serving an arrest warrant at a private residence. While officers were making the arrest and escorting the female out of the house, a male inside the residence produced a handgun and commenced firing on officers. Three officers were hit by the suspect’s gunfire. The suspect then exited the residence and continued to fire on officers. Officers returned fire, killing the suspect. The female fugitive was taken into custody at the scene.
Deputy Marshal Hill was critically wounded and transported to UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg Hospital. He succumbed to his gunshot wounds during emergency surgery.
The Harrisburg Bureau of Police and the FBI are conducting the shooting investigation.
York City Police Chief Troy Bankert said the task force had already served the warrant before the shooting happened.
“They had made contact with that person. They had arrested that person. While searching the remainder of that building, a second person began shooting upon the officers,” said Bankert.
Christopher Hill served the U.S. Marshal’s Office for 11 years. He initially served at the Superior Court and later transferred to Harrisburg Office. Hill was a member of the U.S. Marshal’s Special Operations Group. He served as an explosives expert and firearms instructor.
Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Regan worked with Hill for about five years when he was the Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He said he knows things like this can happen, but it is still hard to believe.
“He was one of those guys you didn’t think this would happen to because he was so well trained and seasoned – just a great Deputy U.S. Marshal,” said Regan.
Deputy Marshal Christopher Hill was a U.S. Army veteran having been deployed to Afghanistan. His wife and two children survive him.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Thursday, January 18, 2018.