Fugitive Is Killed, 2 U.S. Marshals Shot in Bronx Gunfight

NEW YORK (AP) -
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NYPD officers at the scene of the shootout in the Bronx, Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A fugitive who shot a Massachusetts state trooper in the hand during a traffic stop two weeks ago was killed early Friday during a gunfight with U.S. marshals in New York City that left two of the officers wounded.

The two deputy marshals injured in the 5:30 a.m. confrontation in the Bronx were treated at a hospital and are expected to recover.

Killed in the shootout was 35-year-old Andre Sterling, officials said in a prepared release. He was wanted for shooting the Massachusetts trooper on Nov. 20.

City police late Monday morning continued to block off a four-block area of the tree-lined Bronx neighborhood of brick row houses and single-family homes.

Sterling had been sought in the shooting of a 28-year-old trooper during a late-night traffic stop in Hyannis, on Cape Cod.

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A Wanted poster showing Andre K. Sterling (Massachusetts State Police via AP)

Trooper John Lennon was hospitalized after a round went through his right hand and appeared to have struck his ballistic vest. Lennon was released from the hospital several days later.

Three marshals hunting for Sterling took fire as soon as they entered the Bronx home where they believed Sterling was located, according to a law-enforcement official.

One deputy with the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force was hit in the leg and another was struck in his arm and leg, according to federal officials.

Four Massachusetts state troopers were at the scene to maintain a perimeter.

The gun was recovered, and a second man who was in the apartment was arrested, the official said.

Sterling had two more warrants in Massachusetts on charges including identity fraud and assault and battery on a police officer, and he was wanted on narcotics charges in Wyoming, according to police in Massachusetts.