PA- US Marshal, Army Vet Gunned Down During Warrant Service

By Faye Higbee

Harrisburg, PA – Christopher David Hill, 45, was a US Marshal and Army Veteran (1993-1996), and an 11 year veteran of the USMS. During a US Marshal Service task force to serve a warrant on a person who had made “terrorist threats,” a gunman killed him and wounded two other officers.

The USMS task force was serving a warrant at around 6:10 a.m. on Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce, who was wanted for  making “terrorist threats.”  The warrant was from the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.

The task force located Pierce on the second floor of the residence. She had several children with her. They took her outside and handcuffed her, after which a male identified as Kevin Sturgis opened fire on the officers, striking Hill, York City Police Officer Kyle Pitts and a Harrisburg police officer. Hill died at the hospital.

Officer Pitts required surgery, but is stable and expected to be fine. The Harrisburg officer received “non-life-threatening” injuries. It was the Harrisburg officer that returned fire and brought down the suspect, who died at the scene.

Kevin Sturgis and Shayla Pierce – Dauphin County

Sturgis was wanted on two warrants, and had a long criminal history, according to ABC27. One of the warrants was for Failure to Appear on “Persons Not to Possess Firearms” charge, the other was Failure to Appear on charges of Violation of Probation Hearing. His criminal history included drug offenses,  rape, unlawful use of a vehicle, receiving stolen property, and burglary.

Pierce’s charges stemmed from an incident in November 2017 where she parked her car in the middle of the road. When a woman approached her and asked her to move the car, Pierce allegedly pulled a gun out of her purse, pointed it at the woman, and told her “I’ll kill you.” According to local news, her criminal history dated back to 2012. She failed to appear on the charges, so a warrant was issued. She is being held on $200,000 bond at the Dauphin  County jail. Her appearance date is February 1.

Christopher Hill joined the US Marshal’s Service in 2006, and was reportedly a highly trained member of their Special Operations Group.  He was a husband and father of two children.

“No words can adequately express the sadness we feel at this moment as we contemplate the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in the line of duty. I extend my sincerest condolences to the family of the slain U.S. Marshal, to his colleagues and to all law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect and to serve our city and our nation.”  Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse