Remembering a Fallen U.S. Marshal

Bob Hamilton

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was among the hundreds Sunday who attended the memorial service for a Deputy U.S. Marshal killed during an apprehension in south St. Louis on March 8.  

PHOTOS: Memorial Held For Deputy US Marshal John Perry
PHOTOS: U.S. Marshal Tribute

The service was held at Powell Symphony Hall for John Perry, a former parole officer in Madison County, Ill. who moved up to the federal marshal’s office.   St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was there and says Marshal Perry was an officer everyone liked, “He was obviously someone who had a lot of friends, was very close to his family, loved his kids, and really was someone who was fun to be around. It was very clear from the service.”

Among the speakers were: A.G. Holder, U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton, U.S. Marshal Task Force Officer Jeff Helbling, and Perry’s 14-year-old son Sammy. Mayor Slay says they all had a similar message, “They wanted us to know that we should never forget him and always support the men and women who put their lives on the line protecting us.”  

Marshal Perry was shot to death arresting Carlos Boles at Boles’ home on Osage in the city.  Boles died in the shootout with officers.

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  • Pancho

    What was a Deputy Marshal doing on an arrest of a low-level druggie? This was the second such death in the two months since Hylton took over, and the third Deputy to be wounded by gunfire in making a local arrest.

    I figured Hylton was crooked, knew she was incompetent, but didn’t know she was an idiot.

    • iAMUrBeauty

      As a friend of a us marshal, they are addressing these issues…btw, that’s what us marshal’s do, go after violent repeat criminals, everyday.

  • Patty Turner

    My son-in-law was one of the marshals that went iin to arrest the suspect. They were ask by the local police to assist in serving the warrant because of this suspects previous behavior.
    We are all very saddened by John Perry’s death. There will always be those that question the way things are done, after the fact….but a good man was buried today and it make me sad that the finger pointing has already begun,

    • Pancho

      The problem with not asking quesitons is never getting answers.

      Ten Deputy Marshals died from gunfire in 50 years, despite their dangerous job, but that includes the two who died on Stacia Hylton’s watch in just two months.

      If this was a dangerous arrest, why wasn’t the St. Louis SWAT team called in to do the arrest, instead of the lightly armed Deputies?

  • One of the Brotherhood

    They were not lightly armed or unprepared…they did an excellent job…they preform a dangerous job with real risks yet they choose to do it everyday…

    The entire event occurred in seconds…and they went toe to toe with the bad guy after having one of theirs mortally wounded and two others seriously injured and killed the bad guy…they didn’t pull out or back they took the fight to him and won…

    Don’t question their actions or point fingers…be as proud of them as I am…

  • Pancho

    The replies still haven’t answered the question. Doesn’t St. Louis have a SWAT team?

    It wasn’t a federal matter.

    Why did they go in after the guy? Why not get and/or keep others out of the house and order him to come out or gas him while he’s in there?

    If I wanted to get a rattlesnake out of a cave, I sure wouldn’t crawl in.

    This Deputy Marshal was killed less than three weeks after another was killed in West Virginia. There was no local SWAT team there, but the option remained: They could have brought in a Sheriff’s SWAT team.

    This deserves an inquiry. The murdered Deputies and their survivors deserve at least that. It is extremely unlikely that it’s a coincidence that two were killed less than ten weeks after Hylton took office.

    I’m not suggesting that the Deputies shouldn’t do their jobs and deserve our commendation for doing it. But this is a professional organization that seems to be quickly turning into a bunch of cowboys.

  • Brotherhood

    You seem to be a little misinformed with respect to the current apprehension responsibilities of the Marshals Service. Last year alone they served nearly 140,000 warrants. Of those only about 35,000 were federal warrants and of the 140,000 a majority were for violent offenders with multiple arrests.

    What they were doing in St. Louis is what they do across the country. Their fugitive task forces have apprehended more than 700,000 fugitives over the last seven years. This is more than all of the other federal agencies combined.

    They are normally as well equipped as a SWAT team and on average in the bigger cities do more high threat warrant entries on a weekly basis than most SWAT teams. This is not to say that SWAT teams are not a phenomenal resource as most SWAT units work the their Marshal task forces often; but the Marshal’s Task Forces do their jobs well and with a very high safety and success rate. I mean look at the average of 700,000 potential violent encounters. Isn’t that something like a .00000285 percent chance of death or serious bodily injury to any of their people.

    They are not a bunch of cowboys…they and their state, local and federal partners are however a bunch of calculating hunters…

    As for their director, Hylton was a career USMS employee and cares for her people deeply…anyone that observed the funeral could see that…on top of that she has not made any changes at all yet as I believe she must be in place for at least 120 days before doing so…

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