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Mount Vernon WA man fatally shot by US marshals

Deputy U.S. marshals fatally shot a 26-year-old Mount Vernon man on Thursday after the man opened fire on them, a city police officer said.

The Associated Press

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. —

Deputy U.S. marshals fatally shot a 26-year-old Mount Vernon man on Thursday after the man opened fire on them, a city police officer said.

No marshals were injured, police Lt. Chris Cammock said. It wasn't immediately clear how many deputy marshals were involved or how many shots were fired.

Coroner Dan Dempsey identified the man as Michael Jenkins. An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday.

The marshals were trying to arrest the man on a second-degree assault warrant when the gunfire started, Cammock told the Skagit Valley Herald (http://is.gd/APBDsE). Police said the man was riding a bicycle when he encountered the marshals. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses in the area told the newspaper they heard three or four gunshots.

Mount Vernon police were investigating, with assistance from the Washington State Patrol. The U.S. Marshals Service was also sending officers.

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Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com

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