A man with a history of drug dealing and violence shot and killed a U.S. marshal and wounded two other officers in St. Louis yesterday, the latest in a spate of police shootings nationwide. USA Today said the attack came less than a month after a marshal was killed and two wounded in West Virginia. 2010 “was a particularly violent year for law enforcement officers. We saw almost a 40 percent increase in officers killed,” said Mark Marshall, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “2011 is unfortunately looking as bad if not worse.”
In a St. Louis shootout, Deputy Marshal John Perry, 48, was shot in the head and died at a hospital. Marshal Theodore Abegg, 31, suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle. A St. Louis police officer, a 34-year veteran of the department whose face and neck were grazed by a bullet, was treated and released. Authorities tried to arrest Carlos Boles, 35, on charges of drug possession, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer. The marshals and police officer returned fire, killing Boles. Boles had been convicted of at least 12 offenses and served prison time for drug crimes and assault.