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Three U.S. marshals shot in Elkins; assailant killed [one Marshal has died]
The Charleston Gazette ^ | 16 FEB 11 | By Gary A. Harki

Posted on 02/16/2011 8:26:49 AM PST by DCBryan1

Edited on 02/16/2011 8:43:34 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Three U.S. marshals were shot while trying to serve a warrant in Elkins this morning. The man who shot them was then killed by law enforcement, according to sources close to the investigation.

The marshals and State Police troopers were at the home of Charles Smith at about 8:30 a.m. to serve a warrant on him for failing to appear in court on possession of drugs and firearms charges, according to sources.

After announcing that they were there to serve a warrant, officers breached the door and stepped into the house.

Smith then opened fire with a shotgun, hitting one marshal in the neck, one in his bulletproof vest and one in the arm or hand, according to sources.

A marshal and trooper then fired at Smith, killing him, according to sources. The trooper likely fired the shot that killed him, sources say.

The marshal shot through the neck was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. His condition is unknown.

A statement from the U.S. Marshal’s office confirmed that three marshals were shot and that two were taken to a local hospital for treatment and one was transported by helicopter.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous could only confirm that there was a shooting incident in Elkins while officers attempted to serve a warrant.

Reach Gary Harki at gha...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: leo; officerdown; waroncops; westvirginia; wv
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War on cops ping.
1 posted on 02/16/2011 8:26:54 AM PST by DCBryan1
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To: DCBryan1

“War on cops ping.”

Or is it “War on the People and the People Fought Back”? Just askin’.


2 posted on 02/16/2011 8:28:08 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: DCBryan1

http://www.wboy.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=94425


3 posted on 02/16/2011 8:29:31 AM PST by A. Morgan
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To: DCBryan1
Curious if this was a “no knock” warrant. Those things will get people killed.
4 posted on 02/16/2011 8:29:57 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: DCBryan1

The still must have just started producing its hooch!


5 posted on 02/16/2011 8:30:05 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: DCBryan1

Let’s not all jump to conclusions, folks.


6 posted on 02/16/2011 8:30:32 AM PST by PastorBooks
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To: CodeToad

Ah, you’re expecting another Ruby Ridge, maybe?


7 posted on 02/16/2011 8:31:31 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: DCBryan1
From WBOY:

When they entered the home, they were hit with a blast from a shotgun, Marshals Service officials said.

8 posted on 02/16/2011 8:32:51 AM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Family dog shoots back?


9 posted on 02/16/2011 8:32:51 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: DCBryan1

Elkins is way back in the hills and there are some very rough people who live there.


10 posted on 02/16/2011 8:33:25 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: PastorBooks

No one poster had jumped to a conclusion. In the absence of details it is perfectly legit to SPECULATE. It’s human nature and not a damn thing wrong with it.


11 posted on 02/16/2011 8:34:12 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: DCBryan1

I don’t see anything on Fox news website.


12 posted on 02/16/2011 8:34:19 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: CodeToad

They had a warrant, as the Constitution requires. Why do you hate the Constitution?


13 posted on 02/16/2011 8:34:21 AM PST by freedomwarrior998
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To: Calvin Locke

No, but the vast majority of laws on the books are against the people not for the people. So, when I see US Marshals going after someone I naturally assume the most likely reason is for one of those laws. We spend millions upon millions of dollars going after people with shotguns shorter than 18”. Is that really a necessary and useful law we need to use the force of government to enforce?


14 posted on 02/16/2011 8:34:39 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Family Farm of weed?


15 posted on 02/16/2011 8:35:12 AM PST by aces
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To: Lee'sGhost

Speculation without having all the facts is nothing more than gossip. Gossip is condemned by Scripture as evil.

Is God wrong?


16 posted on 02/16/2011 8:35:26 AM PST by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998

“Why do you hate the Constitution?”

Why do you hate the people and their Constitution by blindly supporting any and all laws no matter how unconstitutional? Why do you support Marxism and Statism? Why do you hate the people and desire them to be hunted down and killed by government agents?


17 posted on 02/16/2011 8:35:53 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: theDentist

The marshals and State Police troopers were at the home of Charles Smith at about 8:30 a.m. to serve a warrant on him for failing to appear in court on possession of drugs and firearms charges, according to sources.

After announcing that they were there to serve a warrant, officers breached the door and stepped into the house.

Smith then opened fire with a shotgun, hitting one marshal in the neck, one in his bulletproof vest and one in the arm or hand, according to sources.

A marshal and trooper then fired at Smith, killing him, according to sources. The trooper likely fired the shot that killed him, sources say.

The marshal shot through the neck was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. His condition is unknown.

http://sundaygazettemail.com/News/201102160569


18 posted on 02/16/2011 8:36:29 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Elkins is way back in the hills and there are some very rough people who live there.

Not true!! Elkins is really a pretty nice little city.

19 posted on 02/16/2011 8:36:42 AM PST by Roccus (Joe Biden.....America's only living brain donor.)
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To: DCBryan1
3 Federal agents with the US Marshal Service were shot while serving a warrant with state and local law enforcement.

War on cops? If you are in this line of work going after dangerous criminals, sometimes they shoot back. This must have been a real bad dude since they were teamed up with other law enforcement. This is not a war on cops. The cops voluntarily went after this crook. The crook didn't go after the cops. This is just the hazard of the job. That is why they carry guns.

20 posted on 02/16/2011 8:36:57 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: aces

Meth lab probably. It’s all the rage in Appalachia.


21 posted on 02/16/2011 8:36:57 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: CodeToad
We spend millions upon millions of dollars going after people with shotguns shorter than 18”

Where'd ya pull that info from?

22 posted on 02/16/2011 8:37:12 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: CodeToad

The Constitution requires only probably cause and a warrant. These agents had a warrant. You are directly arguing against the Constitution. It’s that simple.

You can throw in all the other nonsense to smokescreen that fact, but you can’t change that fact.


23 posted on 02/16/2011 8:38:01 AM PST by freedomwarrior998
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“Elkins is way back in the hills and there are some very rough people who live there.”

Kind of what I thought, but if the picture along side the story goes with it, it appears to be a typical city block (?).


24 posted on 02/16/2011 8:38:18 AM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: DCBryan1

Could be anything.


25 posted on 02/16/2011 8:38:25 AM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

I’m not saying that speculation isn’t understandable, it’s just I don’t want the DU’ers to be able to point here and slander FR if it turns out these men were acting within their duty.

All we know now is that officers have been shot. It could have been a drug sting. We just don’t know yet.


26 posted on 02/16/2011 8:38:32 AM PST by PastorBooks
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To: All
After announcing that they were there to serve a warrant, officers breached the door and stepped into the house.

They had a warrant... they knocked, and announced... they had probable cause.

They did EVERYTHING the Constitution requires. People here hate the Police so much (probably after digesting the "sovereign" nonsense) that they ignore that they are in fact arguing against the CONSTITUTION.

27 posted on 02/16/2011 8:40:02 AM PST by freedomwarrior998
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To: Puppage

“Where’d ya pull that info from?”

First, don’t be so literal, it makes you look stupid. Second, the BATFE budget.


28 posted on 02/16/2011 8:40:11 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: DCBryan1
Update:
Source: wvgazette.com
February 16, 2011
Three U.S. marshals shot in Elkins; assailant killed
By Gary A. Harki
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three U.S. marshals were shot while trying to serve a warrant in Elkins this morning. The man who shot them was then killed by law enforcement, according to sources close to the investigation.

The marshals and State Police troopers were at the home of Charles Smith at about 8:30 a.m. to serve a warrant on him for failing to appear in court on possession of drugs and firearms charges, according to sources.

After announcing that they were there to serve a warrant, officers breached the door and stepped into the house.

Smith then opened fire with a shotgun, hitting one marshal in the neck, one in his bulletproof vest and one in the arm or hand, according to sources.

A marshal and trooper then fired at Smith, killing him, according to sources. The trooper likely fired the shot that killed him, sources say.

The marshal shot through the neck was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. His condition is unknown.

A statement from the U.S. Marshal's office confirmed that three marshals were shot and that two were taken to a local hospital for treatment and one was transported by helicopter.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous could only confirm that there was a shooting incident in Elkins while officers attempted to serve a warrant.

29 posted on 02/16/2011 8:40:27 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: CodeToad
Or is it “War on the People and the People Fought Back”? Just askin’.

I'd expect that out of ATF...not USMS

30 posted on 02/16/2011 8:41:13 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: freedomwarrior998

“The Constitution requires only probably cause and a warrant.”

In other words, the government can do no wrong with you so long as they have a pencil-whipped warrant. Gotcha. You’re part of the problem.


31 posted on 02/16/2011 8:41:22 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: PastorBooks

We know that they had a warrant, supported by probable cause or it wouldn’t have been issued, and that they knocked and announced.

Have we sunk to the point where we praise criminals who violate the law and condemn officers who follow the Constitution to the letter?


32 posted on 02/16/2011 8:41:29 AM PST by freedomwarrior998
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To: Glenn
When they entered the home, they were hit with a blast from a shotgun, Marshals Service officials said.

So, the Jack Booted thugs broke down the door and didn't knock?

33 posted on 02/16/2011 8:41:31 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: kcvl

I hope the shooter found himself on the receiving end of 30 bullets.


34 posted on 02/16/2011 8:42:03 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: CodeToad
So you put yourself in the same category with this shooter? One of "the People" who was simply defending himself against the jack-booted thugs.

When the facts come out about the guy who shot at the Marshals, I'll see if you regard him as highly as you do now and if you put yourself in the same category.

35 posted on 02/16/2011 8:42:13 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: unixfox
So, the Jack Booted thugs broke down the door and didn't knock?

Why are you lying?

After announcing that they were there to serve a warrant, officers breached the door and stepped into the house.

36 posted on 02/16/2011 8:42:37 AM PST by freedomwarrior998
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To: DCBryan1
Here's a Myspace page of a Charles Smith in Elkins West Virginia. It includes a picture. Description: Male, 29 years old, ELKIINS, West Virginia, United States. Last login: 2/9/2011.
37 posted on 02/16/2011 8:42:53 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: freedomwarrior998

LOL! What a moronic statement.

Exactly who determines when ALL the facts have been collected?

Speculation and gossip and NOT synonymous. geez what a pant load.


38 posted on 02/16/2011 8:43:10 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: freedomwarrior998

LOL! What a moronic statement.

Exactly who determines when ALL the facts have been collected?

Speculation and gossip ARE NOT synonymous. geez what a pant load.


39 posted on 02/16/2011 8:43:35 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: unixfox
"After announcing that they were there to serve a warrant, officers breached the door and stepped into the house."

Reading is your friend.

40 posted on 02/16/2011 8:43:53 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Speculation is gossip. Gossip is evil. Period.


41 posted on 02/16/2011 8:44:20 AM PST by freedomwarrior998
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To: freedomwarrior998

“We know that they had a warrant”

The word of that was posted as I was typing my post. I hadn’t read that yet.


42 posted on 02/16/2011 8:44:22 AM PST by PastorBooks
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To: CodeToad
First, don’t be so literal, it makes you look stupid.

First, it was a sincere question.

Second, don't throw out unsubstantiated numbers to bolster your point .....makes you look like a drama queen.

43 posted on 02/16/2011 8:44:22 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: theDentist
I hope the shooter found himself on the receiving end of 30 bullets.

At least.
44 posted on 02/16/2011 8:44:28 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: freedomwarrior998

I’m not lying, I was ASKING.


45 posted on 02/16/2011 8:44:39 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Admin Moderator; Sidebar Moderator

Thanks!


46 posted on 02/16/2011 8:44:39 AM PST by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: PastorBooks

I totally agree with that, but that’s not what you said.

Just be more clear next time, if you don’t mind.


47 posted on 02/16/2011 8:44:39 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: CodeToad; Puppage
The BATF has a lot more to answer for, and I think citing their entire budget is fairgame.

As far the "millions and millions" for shortened shotguns goes, I believe that Ruby Ridge occurreed because there was suspicion that Randy Weaver had shortened a gun.

I believe the raid cost well over $2M (and several lives). That's just one incident.

48 posted on 02/16/2011 8:45:19 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (BO + MB = BOMB -- The One will make sure they get one.)
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To: DCBryan1

Welcome.


49 posted on 02/16/2011 8:47:24 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator
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To: I cannot think of a name
Kind of what I thought, but if the picture along side the story goes with it, it appears to be a typical city block (?).

What you thought was wrong, your subsequent observation is more on track.

50 posted on 02/16/2011 8:47:40 AM PST by Roccus (Joe Biden.....America's only living brain donor.)
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