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For Immediate Release

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April 22, 2009 Northern District of Florida - Pensacola
Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Murder Suspect in DeFuniak Shooting had Automatic Rifle, Handguns in Hotel Room
Tampa, FL While executing a search warrant investigators and Deputy U.S. Marshals recovered a fully-loaded automatic rifle, numerous rounds of ammunition and other loaded hand guns from the hotel room of the murder suspect they apprehended yesterday after having to shoot him, according to the Marshals Office in Florida's Middle District.

Thomas McCoy, 42, was caught walking outside of a Holiday Inn Express in Tampa by members of the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force, who then tried to arrest him. McCoy, According to the Marshals Office in Tampa, it was determined that McCoy had turned to shoot at the law enforcement officers and did, when a Deputy Marshal shot back, hitting him in the shoulder and buttocks.

McCoy is listed in critical condition at a local hospital as of this writing.

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