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US Marshals Shoot, Kill Murder Suspect After Call Out in Georgia

October 2, 2020Joshua Skovlund
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HOUSTON – 501 arrests were made during a 90-day law enforcement operation to reduce violent gang crime in the greater Houston area. Federal, State and Local law enforcement cleared 793 felony warrants, arrested 113 documented gang members, and seized 41 firearms, 11.6 kilos of narcotics, $461,560 in currency and nine vehicles. U.S. Marshals-led Operation Triple Beam (OTB) was conducted by the Houston Police Department’s North Shepherd and South Gessner Divisions, along with the, the Harris and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Offices, Texas Department of Public Safety, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, Texas Department of Criminal Justice-OIG, The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. OTB is an initiative, developed by The U. S. Marshals, to target and arrest violent fugitives and criminal offenders who commit high-profile crimes such as homicide, felony assault and sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, robbery and arson. Each local, state and federal agency utilized enforcement techniques and statutory authority in order to disrupt the criminal operations of violent gangs across the county and in the Houston and surrounding areas. Photo courtesy of US Marshals/Shane T. McCoy.

On Wednesday, the US Marshals Service and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the 3800 block of Kensingwood Trace in Decatur, Georgia, to serve a federal arrest warrant for 27-year-old Demarco Riley, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) press release. Riley was wanted for the alleged murder of Charles Hunt on Sept. 22, 2020, in Decatur.

The law enforcement task force arrived in the area at approximately 2:30 p.m. and knocked on the front door of the apartment they believed Riley to be in. They announced themselves as law enforcement, but Riley did not respond.

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501 arrests were made during a 90-day law enforcement operation to reduce violent gang crime in the greater Houston area. Operation Triple Beam is an initiative, developed by the US Marshals to target and arrest violent fugitives and criminal offenders who commit high-profile crimes. Photo By Shane T. McCoy/US Marshals.

The deputies proceeded to remove occupants from the apartment to clear the area. One of the evacuated residents confirmed that Riley was inside the apartment. Deputies then attempted to call out Riley and ordered him to surrender. Riley did not comply with the deputies’ commands.

Minimal details are available, but the press release states, “Deputies gave commands for Riley to surrender; however, he refused. During the standoff, one deputy US marshal fired, striking Riley.” Deputies attempted medical treatment after the shooting, and Riley was later pronounced dead on scene.

No officers were injured during the incident. The GBI is conducting an investigation into the shooting. An autopsy will be performed Friday by the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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The U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force conducts a multi-agency violent crime reduction initiative called Operation Triple Beam in Mobile, Alabama. Photo by Shane T. McCoy/US Marshals.

The GBI and Marshals Service did not respond to requests for further information at the time of publication.

This incident follows a separate Marshals-involved shooting of Michael Forest Reinoehl, an Antifa supporter who was accused of shooting and killing 39-year-old Aaron J. Danielson in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 29, 2020.

The Marshals Service deputies shot and killed Reinoehl while attempting to take him into custody on Sept. 3, 2020, in Olympia, Washington.

“Initial reports indicate the suspect produced a firearm, threatening the lives of law enforcement officers,” stated a Marshals Service press release. “Task force members responded to the threat and struck the suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Joshua Skovlund
Joshua Skovlund

Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He has covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children. His creative outlets include Skovlund Photography and Concentrated Emotion.

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