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Statement of the Attorney General on the Shootings in Elkins, West Virginia

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON – “Today’s shootings in Elkins, West Virginia, demonstrate yet again the danger that our nation’s law enforcement officers confront on a daily basis.  This morning, while attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant, three Deputy United States Marshals were met with gunfire from a dangerous fugitive who was eventually killed.  In fulfilling their critical duties, these courageous Deputies put their lives on the line and put the safety of others above their own.


“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller, who made the ultimate sacrifice today, and with the two Deputies who were injured in the line of duty.  Their valiant actions and their service to our nation will not be forgotten, and the Justice Department’s ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of all those who serve in law enforcement will continue to be a top priority.”

Updated September 15, 2014

Press Release Number: 11-197