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U.S. marshal killed in W.Va. arrest

ELKINS, W.Va., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. marshal was killed Wednesday and two others were shot while serving a warrant in West Virginia, the Marshals Service said.

"One of the three deputy U.S. marshals shot this morning while serving an arrest warrant on a residence in Elkins, W.Va., has died of his injuries," spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue told West Virginia Metro News. "One deputy continues to recover from his injuries and another has been treated and released."

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Charles Smith, wanted since 2006 on charges of cocaine dealing and illegal firearms possession, was killed in the exchange of gunfire, Donahue said.

Smith fired at the marshals with a shotgun when they entered his home.

The Marshals Service did not identify its officers. West Virginia state troopers also took part in the arrest and returned fire.

The wounded marshal was being treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Reporters for The Inter-Mountain of Elkins saw an investigator in an FBI jacket interviewing neighbors, some of whom were crying.

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