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December 3, 2013

Agent shot serving warrant released from hospital

JACKSON, Miss. — Authorities say the U.S. Marshals Service task force agent shot while trying to serve a murder warrant in Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday has been treated and released.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said the injured officer is a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent assigned to work with the federal agency. Strain said the agent's name won't be released because he does undercover work.

Strain said someone in the house shot at the members of the task force. One of the people in the house, 38-year-old Arturo Rodriguez, was being treated for an injury.

Strain said it's early in the investigation and the crime scene is still being processed.

Richard Griffin, the supervisory Inspector over the Jackson office of the special task force, said the officer suffered a "grazing wound" to the lower right abdomen.

Griffin said the shooting happened about 6:20 a.m. while the task force was serving a murder warrant at a home in south Jackson.

He said the person being sought for the warrant was not taken into custody at the house.

Griffin said one of the people in the house was injured to the head, but he wasn't sure how.

Strain said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Hinds County Sheriff's Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.


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