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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Deputy U.S. Marshal and Task Force Officer Injured While Arresting Federal Fugitives

Sebring, FL – One Deputy U.S. Marshal and a Task Force officer assigned to the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force were injured early this morning while attempting to arrest two fugitives who were wanted on federal drug charges. At approximately 6:15 am today, Deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers from the Ft. Pierce U.S. Marshals office located 28-year old Robin Jean Guillaume and 28-year old Alex Guerrier at an address in the Sebring, Florida area of Highlands County. Guillaume and Guerrier were both wanted on Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) indictments and arrest warrants that were issued out of the U.S. Marshals office in Ft. Pierce, FL.

While Deputy Marshals and Task Force officers announced their presence at the front door of the residence, occupants from inside the home began firing upon law enforcement personnel. A deputy Marshal was struck by bullets in the hand and a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Task Force officer was struck in the shoulder. Injuries sustained by U.S. Marshals personnel were not life threatening. The injured Deputy Marshal and Task Force officer were transported to a local hospital.

Guillaume and Guerrier were apprehended outside the residence and were quickly arrested. Neither of the two fugitives were injured during the incident. After the suspects were in custody, at least two handguns were seen by law enforcement personnel inside the residence. Both suspects will be transported back to Ft. Pierce to have their initial appearance on the outstanding federal narcotics charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Ft. Pierce is aware of this incident. The US Marshals Service and Drug Enforcement Administration will be consulting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to determine if additional charges will be filed against the two defendants. The Highland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting incident.

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