BREAKING: US Marshal shot while serving warrant - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Agent, resident shot in early morning raid

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A U.S. Marshal task force agent was hospitalized this morning after being shot while serving a warrant in south Jackson. It all happened around 6:30 a.m. at 124 Archer Avenue.

Authorities say the Marshal's service task force was in the process of serving a warrant at this home when the gunshots were exchanged.

The agent was shot by someone in the home. Officers returned fire, striking the shooter, landing them both in the hospital.

"One of my task force officers was grazed by one of the rounds and was transported to University Medical Center," said Rick Griffith with the U. S. Marshals Service. "The suspect was also injured and he was transported as well."

Officials say the bullet just grazed the stomach of the narcotics agent who was hospitalized and released before 10 a.m. The man who shot him, a 38 year old Arturo Rodriguez, was handcuffed to a stretcher and hospitalized, after the agent returned fire, grazing him in the head.

Three males were also detained, and questioned by immigration officials, about their citizenship status.

"The Marshals task force is established to assist state and local agencies in apprehending violent fugitives, murderers, rapists robbers, people of that nature," said Griffin. "This is something these guys do everyday. It's a danger they face everyday."

Neighbors we talked to say only one of the adults in the home spoke good English, and they suspect they were startled and confused when the agents stormed their house.

"The guy was scared. He didn't know what they were in the house for. "It was 6 a.m., said one neighbor. "They just busted up in the house and he was scared and he was defending himself and his family."

Jackson police confirm the agents were hoping to serve a warrant on 33 year old Lucious Perkins, who is wanted for the murder of 51 year old Tony Brown, who was shot and killed in his home on Randall street back in November.

Neighbors say the home was vacant for a year and a half until the Hispanic family moved in.

 Copyright 2013 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved. AP contributed to this story.

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