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Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek William Hotsinpiller | United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy U.S. Marshal

Derek William Hotsinpiller

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 4595

Cause: Gunfire

Location: West Virginia

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller was shot and killed while serving a warrant with two other deputy marshals and members of the West Virginia State Police at a home on Central Street in Elkins, West Virginia. The suspect named on the warrant was wanted for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Upon making entry, the deputies were fired upon by the suspect who was armed with a shotgun. All three deputies were struck by the blast and returned fire, killing the suspect. Deputy Hotsinpiller sustained a fatal wound to the neck.

Deputy Marshal Hotsinpiller had served with the United States Marshals Service for just over one year. He is survived by his mother, brother, grandfather, and fiancee. His brother serves as a Deputy United States Marshal.

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Finding this officers reflection and the words of his grieving mother I ask again the question "Why Lord, why must we wait so long for your return to heal us from sins unending wounds. " But, then after I wipe the tears from my eyes I remind myself of words my mother would say to me "We don't understand these parts of His plan, but His will be done- all glory and praise to God". The loss of such a young and good man is a loss for the whole world and an example of what only a few have been called to do. Your son is a reminder to us all that Gods perfect creation does exist. His actions and those of his fellow good officers provoke in me a need to be better every day. I thank you and him for this gift. God bless you!

James T Goss
A thankful citizen
July 1, 2017

 

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