U.S. Marshal shot while serving warrant in Canton

Suspect also shot
Updated: Mar. 24, 2021 at 11:14 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A United States Marshal was shot while serving a warrant in Canton Wednesday, according to the U.S. Marshal Service.

The shooting took place around 5 pm in the 1700 block of Grace Avenue N.E.

The Marshal Service was trying to serve a “violent warrant” when the shootings took place.

The officer is currently in the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery and will likely be released sometime Wednesday night. The suspect, Aaron Pierre Thomas, a 33-year-old who shot the officer, is in stable condition.

The U.S. Marshal’s office tracked down Thomas; a violent fugitive wanted out of Virginia. The Canton Police Department’s SWAT unit, the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive task force were able to corner the suspect at a residence on Grace Ave. N.E.

“He had said in the past he wanted to die by suicide by cop, and he came out shooting,” explained U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot. “We spotted him in a back window, and he tried to go out a back window, and he spotted our officers, came out the windows, and fired multiple rounds at our officers. One of our officers was hit, and again he is gonna recover, and I’m very happy about that, and I’m very proud of him and the work that he does every single day.”

Authorities say Thomas was wanted on aggravated robbery and felony possession charges. He also had previous manslaughter charges.

The BCI is investigating the shooting.

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