ALTON, Ill. (KMOX) – A man is fatally shot by U.S. Marshals serving an arrest warrant in Alton.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Elbert Jennings says they found the 42-year-old man inside a bedroom of a home just off Milton Road.

“He did have a weapon in his hand at the time, and the Marshals unfortunately had to discharge their weapons, fatally wounding the individual,” Jennings says.

The Marshal’s office says the man had a knife.

The encounter happened just before 8 a.m. Friday. No law enforcement agents were injured.

The Marshal’s Service says the warrant was issued by the Eastern District of Missouri Court, for violating bond on a methamphetamine case.

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