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Deputy US marshal killed serving arrest warrant on Tucson's north side; man arrested

Tucson police officers stand by a police car with a man detained in the back seat following a shooting on Nov. 29, 2018 in Tucson, AZ. The shooting occurred in the 2600 block of North 15th Avenue and involved U.S. marshals. 

Deputy U.S. marshal serving a felony arrest warrant was shot and killed Thursday evening outside a Tucson house on the north side, Tucson police Chief Chris Magnus said.

The man suspected of shooting the marshal was arrested after a standoff at the house.

Magnus said the Marshals Service was serving an active felony arrest warrant against a man at the house when the suspect fired at them. Marshal Service personnel returned fire, but the suspect was not wounded.
Magnus said the warrant was issued by Tucson police and was being served on Ryan Schlesinger, 26, on charges of stalking a law enforcement officer. Magnus would not release details about the warrant against Schlesinger.

The federal agent was the first deputy U.S. marshal to be killed in the line of duty in Tucson in 66 years, according to online records kept by the Marshals Service.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of North 15th Avenue, near West Jacinto Street. The house where the shooter fired from is just across the street from Jacinto Park, and northwest of North Oracle Road and West Grant roads.

Moments after the shooting, Tucson police and federal officers surrounded the single story house. Several residences around the house and the park were evacuated by officers.After about an hour standoff, Tucson police reported they had a man from inside the house in custody.

The wounded deputy marshal was taken to Banner University Medical Center where he died. His name was not released.

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