TUCSON, Ariz. – A U.S. deputy marshal serving an arrest warrant was killed in the line of duty Thursday evening following an officer-involved shooting in Tucson, Ariz., according to Gov. Doug Ducey.
Governor Announces Death of U.S. Deputy Marshal
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey confirmed the shooting on Twitter, posting: “I’ve just learned that tonight we lost a US Deputy Marshal from the District of Arizona. He was killed in the line of duty in Tucson. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family and all of Arizona law enforcement.”
I’ve just learned that tonight we lost a US Deputy Marshal from the District of Arizona. He was killed in the line of duty in Tucson. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family and all of Arizona law enforcement.
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) November 30, 2018
Serving Arrest Warrant
The shooting occurred outside a single-story house in northwest Tucson around 5:30 p.m., The Arizona Republic reported. The marshal’s office was reportedly serving an arrest warrant for stalking a law enforcement officer when the suspect opened fire, striking the deputy.
As a result, local police and federal officers converged on the suspect’s house and residents were evacuated, according to the report.
The suspect was identified as Ryan Schlesinger, 26. Police said he eventually surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody, KGUN-TV reported.
The marshal who was serving the arrest warrant was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries, the report said.
The last deputy U.S. marshal to die in the line of duty in Tucson was Edmund L. Schweppe, who was fatally shot while escorting two prisoners to a dentist office in the downtown area on Sept. 15, 1952, according to the Marshals Service website.
The two prisoners were apprehended by police after they escaped. They were both convicted of Schweppe’s murder and sentenced to life in prison, according to the Marshals Service.
Finally, the Tucson Police Department did not release the name of the fallen officer. However, the agency is jointly investigating the situation with federal agencies. Hence, the name of the fallen deputy will soon be released.