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Suspect who shot US Marshal dies after being shot by officer

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Officers in the area of Durness and Banavie Drive Monday morning (Credit: Russell Kinsaul /  KMOV) Officers in the area of Durness and Banavie Drive Monday morning (Credit: Russell Kinsaul / KMOV)
Officers in the area of Durness and Banavie Drive Monday morning (Credit: Russell Kinsaul /  KMOV) Officers in the area of Durness and Banavie Drive Monday morning (Credit: Russell Kinsaul / KMOV)

A suspect who police say shot a US Marshal during an arrest attempt died after officers returned fire Monday.

An 8 member U.S. Marshals task force went to the area of Durness and Banavie Drive to arrest 40 year old William Watson, Jr. around 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. Watson had two felony warrants, assault in the first-degree and domestic assault in the second degree. As officers approached the house, Watson, wearing body armor, fired shots at officers. 

Police said a 32-year old officer with the St. Charles County Police Department who was assigned to the task force, was hit in his ballistic vest but was able to return fire. 

A 44-year-old officer from the St. Louis County Police Department, who works with the US Marshals, also returned fire and hit the suspect.

After gunfire was exchanged officers took cover and lost sight of Watson. In case Watson had barricaded himself inside the house, A SWAT team with the St. Louis County Police Department was called in but were unable to establish contact.

Eventually a search of the property led to the discovery of Watson's body around 12:30 p.m. inside a carport.

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The officer was "alert and talking" while being transported to the hospital. He was treated an released. No other details regarding the officer's condition have been released.

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