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Widow and Daughter of Suspect Face Charges in Slaying of W. Va. Deputy Marshal

Dep. U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds aren’t finished dealing with the February shootout in Elkins, W. Va., which resulted in the death of deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller  and the wounding of two other deputies. The suspect Charles Smith was also killed.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in West Virginia announced charges against the suspect’s  widow,  the daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend, who were home at the time when deputy Marshal  Hotsinpiller and two other deputies came to arrest Charles Smith on drug and firearms charges, the State Journal reported. Smith was fatally shot during the confrontation.

Specifically, the  widow of the suspect, Sherry Smith, 49,  her daughter Cassandra Smith, 25 , and the daughter’s  boyfriend Anthony Lambert,  23,were indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple charges.

Sherry Smith,  Charles Smith’s wife, is charged with making a false statement when buying a shotgun authorities believe was used in the slaying of  Hotsinpiller, the State Journal reported.  She is also accused of possessing a .30 caliber M2 machine gun and faces conspiracy, obstruction and false statement charges.

Cassandra Smith and Lambert face conspiracy, obstruction and false statement charges.

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Deputy U.S. Marshals Increasingly Being Put in Harms Way


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Marshals Service has becoming increasingly involved in apprehending local and federal officials, which may explain in part why its deputies are increasingly being put in harms way, the website Talking Points Memo suggests.

In the past several weeks, two deputy U.S. marshals have been shot and killed during confrontations with wanted felons.

“The USMS has seven Fugitive Apprehension Task Forces around the country and another 75 Violent Offender Task Forces run by various regional USMS offices,” Ryan Reilly of Talking Points Memo reports.

“And the volume of state and local fugitives apprehended or cleared by the Marshals Service through a decade-old initiative has surged from just 15,412 in 2004 to 34,015 in 2007 and 73,915 in 2008. The number peaked at 101,910 in 2009 (likely due to apprehension and Fugitive Safe Surrender programs funded by stimulus funds) then dropped in 2010, when the agency captured or cleared 52,519 violent state and local felony fugitives. The USMS is planning to apprehend or clear 52,000 state and local felony fugitives in 2012.”

The website reported that up until a few weeks ago, the last deputy U.S. Marshal killed  in the line of duty was at Ruby Ridge in 1992.

Last week, deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry in St. Louis was shot and killed while trying to arrest someone. And last month, deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller was killed in West Virginia.

Recent Deaths of 3 Fed Agents Highlight Growing Danger of the Job

ICE Agent Jaime Zapata killed in Mexico/ice photo

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — The shooting deaths of two federal agents last week and three in two months highlight the heightened risk to federal investigators who are confronting increasingly violent fugitives, drug traffickers and other criminals, authorities said.

The killing of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Mexico on Tuesday was followed by the slaying of a deputy U.S. marshal in West Virginia on Wednesday, an unusual confluence of events that left officials deeply troubled. A Border Patrol agent was fatally shot in Arizona in December.

The killings, while not connected, come amid a broadening federal role in fighting violent crime that was once left mainly to state authorities, investigators said. Federal-state task forces on violent crime have multiplied since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, bringing federal agents in closer contact with dangerous criminals. And the government says it is pouring resources into fighting drug trafficking and other crimes along the border with Mexico.

“You’re seeing feds playing a much more active role in fighting violent crime, and that’s putting us in harm’s way,” said Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

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Names Released of 2 Dep. Marshals Wounded in W. Va.

Dep. U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The two deputy U.S. Marshals wounded last week in West Virginia while serving a warrant have been identified as Supervisory Deputy Marshal Alex Neville and deputy marshal Fred Frederick, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

A third deputy Marshal, Derek Hotsinpiller, was killed, as was the gunman Charles E. Smith, who was wanted on drug charges. Hotsinpiller was shot in the neck.

The paper reported that Neville underwent surgery Wednesday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown and was expected to full recovery. Frederick was treated at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins and released.

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Slain Dep. Marshal Had Been With Agency For a Little Over a Year

Dep. U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A deputy U.S. Marshal killed Wednesday while trying to serve a warrant in West Virginia has been identified as Derek Hotsinpiller, 24, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. He had been a deputy Marshal for just over a year.

Two other deputy Marshals were shot, but suffered non-life threatening wounds, according to the Charleston Gazette. The gunman was shot and killed.

The Marshals, along with West Virginia State police, had gone to the house of Charles E. Smith, 50, in Elkins, W. Va.  to serve an arrest warrant for Smith who was wanted on drug charges. After the deputy Marshals entered the home, Smith opened fire with a shotgun. Hotsinpiller was shot in the neck, authorities said.

The Officer Down Memorial Page reported that the slain Marshal was the son of a former police officer. His brother is also a police officer in West Virginia.