US Marshals in NYC Shootout; Suspect Wounded

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 11:54 AM

 

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Federal authorities say a fugitive wanted for nearly two decades on drug charges was wounded during a shootout with U.S. marshals who tracked him down in Queens, New York.

The shooting occurred when a team of marshals and New York Police Department officers tried to arrest Oswald Lewis at about 11 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment in a neighborhood near John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Authorities say Lewis was armed with two handguns and wearing a bullet-proof vest when he fired several rounds at the officers moments after they entered the apartment. The team returned fired, hitting Lewis in the arm before he surrendered.

The 44-year-old Lewis was wanted on federal and state cocaine trafficking charges in Virginia and North Carolina. The name of his attorney was not immediately available.

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