WASHINGTON – Deputy U.S. Marshal John
Perry died at 7 p.m. CST at Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.,
from gunshot wounds received earlier today. Perry, 48, had been with the U.S.
Marshals for almost 10 years.
Perry, along with other Deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers from the
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, was attempting to apprehend Carlos
Boles, who was wanted on a state warrant for felony assault on a police officer
and possession of a controlled substance. Deputy U.S. Marshal Theodore Abegg and
a task force officer were injured in the shootout. Abegg, 31, has been with the
U.S. Marshals for three years.
Boles was killed when officers returned fire.
“Our deputies and law enforcement partners face danger every day in the pursuit
of justice for the citizens of this great nation,” said Director Stacia A.
Hylton. “Our people and our partners are well trained and prepared, but it is
impossible to predict when a wanted individual will make a fateful choice that
results in the loss of life or injury. When that happens, and the life lost is a
law enforcement officer or other public servant, it is an immeasurable tragedy
felt by all. Today, unfortunately, we again feel that pain. Our thoughts and
prayers are with our fallen deputy as well as the injured and their families.”
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals
can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
Obituary: Deputy U.S.
Marshal John Perry
America’s Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency