Two US Marshals Shot in the Bronx by Man Wanted for Shooting Massachusetts Trooper; Suspect dead
New York, NY – Early Friday morning, two US Marshals were shot while attempting to apprehend a suspect who previously shot another officer in Massachusetts. Officers from the Marshals, the Regional Fugitive Task Force, and Massachusetts State Police held a warrant for the suspect for armed assault with intent to murder after he allegedly shot a state trooper in Cape Cod in November.
The suspect, 35-year-old Jamaican native Andre K. Sterling, was said to be located at 4085 Ely Ave in the Wakefield neighborhood in the Bronx. Reportedly, a friend of Sterling’s answered the door when officers arrived around 5am and invited them inside. At that point, Sterling appeared, produced a gun, and started firing at the officers without saying a word.
Andre K. Sterling, the fugitive killed early Friday in a gun battle with U.S. marshals after shooting a Mass. state trooper in November, was accused of an assortment of relatively minor crimes until recent weeks.@MurphyPIX has more: https://t.co/DCq0DIL7J4 pic.twitter.com/s3v5JPeLTQ
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Five of the officers fired back, shooting and killing Sterling. One Marshal was shot in the leg and one was shot in the arm. Both officers are said to be in stable condition. In addition, a New York Police Detective was injured when he fell carrying one of the wounded Marshals to a patrol car.
At some point during the shooting, the friend, so far identified only as a 53-year-old man, also received a head injury but is said to be expected to survive. He was taken into custody for questioning and authorities said he is facing charges for harboring a fugitive.
Police said that the first round Sterling shot may have gone directly into the barrel of one Marshal’s long gun. That long gun was rendered useless, so the Marshal dropped it and pulled out his handgun. A Glock 9mm handgun was located under Sterling’s body with five more rounds in the magazine.
The original shooting occurred on November 20 around 11:30pm in the Cape Cod village of Hyannis. Sterling was driving a stolen vehicle when he was stopped by Trooper John Lennon. Sterling allegedly shot Trooper Lennon in the hand and torso before fleeing. The trooper is expected to survive.
Sterling was also reportedly wanted on two other warrants in Massachusetts, one which was for identity theft, and one warrant out of Wyoming for narcotics charges.