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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A federal marshal killed during a St. Louis shootout with a felon he was helping try to arrest is being remembered for his work in southwestern Illinois.
Forty-eight-year-old John Perry died Tuesday, 12 hours after being shot in the head by the suspect who also was killed in the exchange of gunfire. Perry had been a U.S. marshal for nearly 10 years.
But before that, Perry was a Southern Illinois University alumnus who worked for about 16 years in Madison County's court system. During that time, the county's probation director says Perry was everything from a probation officer to adults and DUI defendants to a gun-carrying surveillance officer.
Judy Dallas remembers the red-haired Perry for his fantastic sense of humor. She says everyone in her office is grief-stricken.
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