Three Deputy U.S. Marshals were shot early this morning at a residence on Central Street in Elkins as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant, according to the U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs. Two of the deputies were taken to a local hospital, while one was transported by a helicopter. A news release from the Office of Public Affairs stated its spokesperson did not know the condition of the Deputy Marshals.
Reporters with The Inter-Mountain on scene have observed a non-uniformed law enforcement agent wearing pants who appeared to have blood on them and a bandage under his left eye speak with authorities. That agent was also seen hugging a second non-uniformed officer. Staff on scene also witnessed authorities escorting a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier behind the crime tape. After a brief conversation with an investigator, the Postal Service worker left the scene. Police are also checking license plates on vehicles parked along Central Street.
More recently, Inter-Mountain reporters saw an investigator wearing an FBI jacket speaking to neighbors and taking notes while sitting on the porch of the home where the incident took place. Some of the neighbors to whom the investigator was speaking were crying.
Officials secure and investigate the scene on Central Street were three U.S. Marshals were shot earl
The Inter-Mountain has received no confirmation about the name of the person being served the search warrant by the Marshals, or who fired the shots. West Virginia State Police have confirmed that the U.S. Marshals and the FBI will be handling the investigation.
The FBI is on the scene of the incident; and its crime lab is expected to arrive later today. Authorities have taped off the sidewalk in front of the residence leading from Worth Avenue to Central Street.
Elkins Fire Chief Tom Meader has confirmed that his department helped transport a male gunshot victim to a hospital.
Agencies that have assisted in the situation this morning include the Elkins Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police, U.S. Marshals and Randolph County EMS.
Police placed barricades at Central Street and Glendale Avenue and Central Street and Worth Avenue.