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U.S. Marshals Service to disclose future shootings

TAMPA — The public will know when an employee of U.S. Marshals Service shoots someone.

That's according to a new policy adopted by the service this week, Pete Cajigal, assistant chief deputy for Florida's Middle District office of the U.S. Marshals Service said Friday.

The change comes after a fugitive, David Christopher Sills, was accidentally shot on Oct. 16 by a deputy marshal outside the Club at Tampa's Hidden River Condominiums. At the time, the agency did nothing to notify the public, and would not comment beyond confirming a shooting had occurred. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement later confirmed some of the details and released its investigation into the matter on Tuesday.

"We want to do things differently," Cajigal said. "Essentially, when a critical incident happens, we're going to put out a media release right away."

U.S. Marshals Service to disclose future shootings 11/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:14am]
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