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Two marshals wounded in Bronx shootout, suspect killed

Police vehicles are parked near the scene of

Police vehicles are parked near the scene of the predawn shooting in the Bronx on Friday. Credit: AP/Mark Lennihan

Two deputy U.S. marshals were expected to recover from gunshot wounds after they were injured in a predawn shootout in the Bronx on Friday, during which a man who was wanted in Massachusetts was killed, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service said.

One deputy was hit in the leg during the shooting, which happened about 5:30 a.m. The other was struck in both a leg and an arm, the spokesman said by email.

The two had been trying to serve a warrant on Andre Sterling, 35, who was suspected of shooting a state trooper in Massachusetts on Nov. 20, the spokesman said.

Sgt. Jessica McRorie, an NYPD spokeswoman, said in an email that a cop also suffered a leg injury and was treated at an area hospital.

Sterling's gun was recovered, according to the NYPD.

A second man in the apartment was arrested, according to The Associated Press.

The deputy U.S. marshals, part of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, were searching for Sterling in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, which is the northernmost part of New York City, bounded by Westchester County to the north and East 222nd Street to the south.

Sterling had been sought in the shooting of a 28-year-old trooper on Cape Cod during a late-night traffic stop, according to The Associated Press. The trooper was hospitalized after a round went through his right hand and appeared to have struck his ballistic vest.

Sterling had two more warrants in Massachusetts on charges including identity fraud and assault and battery on a police officer, and he was wanted on narcotics charges in Wyoming, according to police in Massachusetts.

There was a national alert sent out advising law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Sterling and that he was "armed and dangerous."

With Matthew Chayes and AP

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