U.S. Marshal Killed While Executing Warrant

usmarshalLaw enforcement officials statewide are mourning the death of U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, who died in the line of duty in Baton Rouge. The 27-year-old Mississippi native died while executing arrest warrants on a fugitive wanted for a double homicide.

Wells had been with the service since January 2011. The fugitive was also killed in the confrontation.

“Our deputies and law enforcement partners face untold dangers every day in the pursuit of justice in cities nationwide,” said Director Stacia A. Hylton. “The fugitive who killed Deputy Wells was extremely dangerous, wanted for double homicide and intentionally evaded justice.”

Hylton added, “When a public servant dies in the line of duty, it is an immeasurable tragedy felt by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Wells’ family, friends and colleagues.”

The shooting investigation is being conducted by FBI and the Baton Rouge Police Department. Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at: www.usmarshals.gov.

KLAX ABC 31 News 3/11/15