FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2003

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USMS "15 Most Wanted" Fugitive Shot During Arrest Attempt


Edward MATHISOne of the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitives, Edward MATHIS , was fatally shot today during an incident that occurred when he was confronted by law enforcement officials in a hotel room in Redford, Michigan. Mathis was wanted on a Drug Enforcement Administration warrant issued out of the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn after being implicated as the triggerman in a double homicide using a MAC-10 machine gun with a silencer. Mathis was also a co-leader and enforcer for a crack cocaine ring in Long Island, N.Y. and was wanted for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Mathis, 39, was recently profiled on the FOX network television program "America's Most Wanted." Leads from that program led authorities to Mathis associates in Redford, Michigan, and then to the hotel room where he was staying with a female companion. Mathis refused to come out of the hotel room after being confronted by law enforcement officers from several Regional Fugitive Task Forces and the local police.

Mathis, who was considered armed and dangerous by authorities, was in possession of several weapons and threatened officers with a handgun. During the ensuing incident as officers attempted to arrest him shots were fired and Mathis was wounded. Emergency response personnel were immediately called to the scene and administered emergency medical assistance. Mathis was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The incident is currently under investigation.

Law enforcement officers from the New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force, Redford, Michigan Police Department, U. S. Marshals Eastern District of New York and Eastern District of Michigan, Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Great Lakes Regional Task Force, and U.S. Marshals Electronic Surveillance Unit all played instrumental roles in the fugitive arrest effort.

Annually, the U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. Last year U.S. Marshals cleared more than 45,000 warrants on fugitives wanted by state and local law enforcement authorities in addition to over 38,000 Federal fugitive warrants.

For more information on the U.S. Marshals and other major cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov/.