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Deputy killed in gunfight with homicide fugitive in Louisiana

Law enforcement personnel gather in front of the Elm Grove Motel on Elm Grove Garden Road just north of Progress Road in Baton Rouge, La. after authorities said Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells, 27, was shot and killed in a shootout during an attempt to arrest Jamie D. Croom, a fugitive wanted for two homicides, on Tuesday morning, March 10, 2015. (AP Photo/The Baton Rouge Advocate,Travis Spradling)

CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say a deputy U.S. marshal has been killed in a shootout on the outskirts of Baton Rouge during an attempt to arrest a fugitive wanted in two homicides.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells was killed about 11 a.m. Tuesday. That's according to Drew Wade, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. Wells was 27.

Wade says the fugitive was shot and taken to a hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

The fugitive was as 31-year-old Jamie D. Croom, who was wanted in the shooting deaths of a brother and sister in New Roads, Louisiana. That's according to Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Beauregard Torres III.

Wade says the last deputy marshal killed in the line of duty in the U.S. was in 2011. He says the FBI is leading the investigation.

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Josies father was a friend to our family for over 40 years who past before his son.  I did not know Josie as he was to young when I left to work in Georgia in 1989.....RIP Josie, we in LE bleed Blue when one of our brothers go down in the line of duty....

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