JEFFERSON CITY—Missouri Department of Public Safety Director John M. Britt issued the following statement following the death of Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry Tuesday evening. Deputy U.S. Marshal Perry was fatally shot as he and other deputy U.S. marshals and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant in south St. Louis:
“There is no higher calling than taking an oath to serve and protect, and then wearing the badge of a law enforcement officer. Yesterday, Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry paid the ultimate price for his commitment to making his neighbors safer and his community stronger. We in the law enforcement community have lost another brave brother and will stand together in support of Deputy Marshal John Perry’s family. I offer my condolences to John Perry’s family and thank them for his courageous service.
“I also extend my wishes for the full and speedy recoveries of Deputy U.S. Marshal Theodore Abegg and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer who were wounded in Tuesday’s attack. I am grateful for their service and sacrifice.”