Officials say marshal slain on duty was hit by friendly fire

March 2, 2018

FILE - This Aug. 16, 2006, file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill, shot to death early Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, while serving an arrest warrant inside a home in Harrisburg, Pa. Laboratory tests indicate Hill was killed by a bullet that was fired by a fellow officer and passed through a wall, Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo said Thursday, March 1, 2018. Hill was a U.S. Army veteran and native of Sacramento, California, who served the U.S. Marshals Service for 11 years. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a deputy U.S. marshal shot and killed while serving a warrant in Pennsylvania was struck by a bullet fired through a wall by a fellow officer and not by a gunman who opened fire on police.

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo said Thursday that conclusion was made after laboratory tests were performed on material related to the Jan. 18 death of Deputy Marshal Christopher Hill.

Chardo says 31-year-old Kevin Sturgis fired the first shot and that police were justified in shooting him to death outside the home in Harrisburg.

At the time, The Associated Press and other news outlets reported it was a bullet fired by Sturgis that killed the 45-year-old Hill. The U.S. Marshals Service says ballistics and forensics contradict those initial indications.

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