Mississippi shootout leaves murder suspect dead, U.S. Marshal injured

Published 10:20 pm Friday, May 15, 2020

A suspect in an Arkansas slaying was shot and killed by authorities Friday in Mississippi during a shootout in which a U.S. marshal was wounded, officials said.

Hunter Carlstrom, 33, was fatally shot by authorities after he began firing at deputies attempting to pull him over in Oxford, Mississippi, news outlets reported.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Capt. Johnny Poulos said marshals tried to stop Carlstrom on Friday morning, but he fled and later jumped out of the car and began shooting at authorities, hitting the marshal twice.

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Poulos said marshals returned fired and Carlstrom was later pronounced dead.

The wounded marshal was expected to recover, authorities said.

Carlstrom’s wife was with him during the confrontation and was taken into custody. It was not immediately clear whether she faces any charges.

Authorities in Lawrence County, Arkansas, said Carlstrom was wanted for the killing of James Sarotelli, 61, who was found dead on May 7 in Smithville, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northwest of Oxford.

Details surrounding Sarotelli’s slaying and Carlstrom’s connection to the crime weren’t immediately released.