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Investigators: Fugitive shot, killed after allegedly pulling a weapon

WESTFIELD — A fugitive who had been on the run for at least a year was shot to death Tuesday morning after he allegedly “pulled a weapon on officers of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force,” according to investigators and the U.S. Marshals Office.

The task force was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on the man about 10:30 a.m. when the shooting occurred in a very remote area off of Lick Run Road, about eight miles south of Westfield, near the Tioga-Potter county line.

Upon seeing the weapon in the man’s hand, a task force member “fired at and struck the fugitive,” whose identity has not yet been released, according to the U.S. Marshals Office.

“The fugitive was wanted on a warrant stemming from his failure to appear for trial on charges of statutory rape and related offenses in which the victim was under the age of 13,” investigators said. “The task force adopted the case from the Lebanon County Sheriff’s Office and began looking for him,” investigators added.

The marshals service received information Tuesday that led them to the this region.

The fugitive was in his mid-50s and from Lebanon, and it was believed that he may have been staying in a cabin nearby for the last several days, Tioga County Coroner James Daugherty said he was told. He said officials were still trying to notify members of the fugitive’s family about his death.

Daugherty said the man, who suffered three gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at the scene by Steve Daugherty, Daugherty’s son and the county’s chief deputy county coroner.

State police are leading the investigation into the shooting. Investigators spent nearly 12 hours processing the scene, and the body was finally removed about 10 p.m. and taken to a funeral home in Mansfield. On Wednesday, the body was taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, where an autopsy was completed. Daugherty said information about the autopsy will be released by the state police.

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