California rape, murder suspect fatally shot by US Marshals

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California rape, murder suspect fatally shot by US Marshals

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US Marshals in Phoenix on Friday evening shot and killed a fugitive wanted in California on murder and rape charges, the federal agency said.

The fugitive died amid an exchange of gunfire with members of US Marshals Service task force near Sky Harbor International Airport. 

Surrounding roads were closed off amid the incident. 

When task force members tried to arrest the suspect, “a handgun was produced, and the suspect fired multiple rounds at law enforcement. Task Force members returned fire, striking the suspect,” the Marshals Service statement said in a statement.  

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and nobody else was injured, the statement said.

Authorities did not release the fugitive’s identity. Fox News has reached out to both the U.S. Marshal’s Service and Phoenix Police Department seeking more information. 

The Marshals Service said the person killed was sought on a California warrant alleging parole violation in a case involving violent assault and rape and also was wanted in Los Angeles “for a gruesome murder that occurred earlier this month.” 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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