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U.S. Marshal and Peoria native killed in shooting in Tucson

TUCSON, AZ. (KVOA)- A Deputy U.S. Marshal, Chase White,  is dead after being shot and killed while serving a felony arrest warrant outside a Tuscon home Thursday night.

He was born in Peoria, IL, a 1995 graduate of Manual High School and went to Illinois State University. His mother is a minister at the Universalist Unitarian church in Peoria.

Our sister station in Tuscon, KVOA was on scene Thursday night when Chief of Tuscon Police, Chris Magnus held a news conference.

“It’s really devastating, when you see the impact that this has on an officers family of course but then on their broader law enforcement family, it’s even tougher.”

Magnus said White was shot while serving a search warrant at around 5:30 Thursday night, the suspected shooter, Ryan Schlesinger, 26, was wanted for investigation of stalking a law enforcement officer.

David Gonzales of the U.S. Marshal Service said the suspect was taken into custody shortly after the incident and was well known to law enforcement in the Tucson area.

A husband and father to four children between the ages of 7 and 14, David Gonzales said he was also a proud patriot.

“What’s so so very sad is today he was to come to the office here, he was gunna do some administrative paper work to prepare to go on an extended deployment with the United States air force where he was a Lieutenant colonel which was to start Monday.”

In the midst of tragedy, his colleagues already vowing to make sure his legacy lives on.

“It has been said that a person dies twice. Once when their body leaves them and a second and final time is when their name is said for the last time. and we vow today all of us, all law enforcement in the United States Marshal service that we will always mention deputy whites name.”

Kaitlin Pearson

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