U.S. marshal serving warrant fires at fleeing armed suspect

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A U.S. deputy marshal serving a narcotics arrest warrant in the Logan Square neighborhood this morning fired a shot at a fleeing gunman, law enforcement said.

The suspect, a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang, jumped out a window in the 1800 block of North St. Louis Avenue when at least four marshals, accompanied by Chicago police, arrived to serve the warrant at about 7 a.m.

The man pulled a gun from his waistband and one of the marshals fired a shot at him, according to John O'Malley, chief deputy U.S. marshal for the northern district of Illinois.

The suspect did not fire his gun, O'Malley said, and no one was hit by gunfire.

The gunman ran into a residence in the 1800 block of North Drake Avenue, but allowed the people living there to leave, a law enforcement source said. He was arrested a short time later.

The suspect broke his ankle, apparently when he jumped from the window, and was treated at a  hospital, O'Malley said. One of the marshals was treated at a hospital for lacerations he suffered during the chase, O'Malley said.

The marshals, part of a fugitive task force, were seeking a man who failed to show up in court on a  narcotics charge, O'Malley said.

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