Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill
At around 6:30 am on January 18th, 2018, members of the United States Marshal Service Task Force – Middle District of Pennsylvania, were executing an arrest warrant on Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce. Pierce was wanted for felony illegal possession of a firearm, as well as assault and terroristic threat charges. Task Force officers tracked Pierce to a residence in the 1800 Block of Mulberry Street, Harrisburg, PA. While executing the warrant and taking Pierce into custody on the first floor of the residence, officers were ambushed and shot by a male subject on the second floor of the residence who is now identified as 31 year old Kevin Sturgis of Philadelphia, PA. Sturgis had multiple outstanding arrest warrants for felony possession of a firearm by persons prohibited, probation violation, possession of a controlled substance, and unauthorized use of an automobile.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill was killed and two task force officers were shot as Sturgis began his ambush-style assault. Deputy Hill was immediately transported to Pinnacle Health Harrisburg, where he died from his injuries. The two task force officers were also transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. A Harrisburg city officer was shot in his ballistic vest, while York city officer Kyle Pitts was shot one time in his right arm/elbow requiring extensive surgery. Officers and Sturgis were engaged in a shootout, and as Sturgis ran from the house while still shooting; officers continued to return fire killing Sturgis only a short distance away from the door to the residence. Pierce, who was the intended arrestee, has been remanded to Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $200,000.00 bail.
Deputy Hill began his 11 year career with the United States Marshal Service in 2006 in Washington, DC. During his career, Deputy Hill served with the Marshal Service’s Special Operations Group; and transferred to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2009. Deputy Hill previously served in the U.S. Army from 1993 to 1996. Deputy Hill is survived by his wife and children.
Acting Director of the Marshal Service, David Anderson said in a statement “We are all extremely saddened by the tragic death of our brother, Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill, this morning in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was a devoted public servant who dedicated his life to making his community and this nation safer. We will never forget his commitment and courage.” “The nation lost a hero today.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Hill, as well as the two officers wounded in this senseless act of violence. Many brave men and women in this nation kiss their families good-bye each day, before setting out on a mission to make this world a little bit safer – never knowing if they will return home to their loved ones. Without brave men and women like Deputy Hill, who are willing, and tragically do pay the ultimate price – our nation would be reduced to a lawless pit of despair, inconceivable by most. Thank you Deputy Hill for your service and sacrifice to our nation, our communities, and for your dedication to make it safer for us and our families. God Bless, and Godspeed.