Image: U.S. Marshal Service

Image: U.S. Marshal Service

Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells died after he was shot Tuesday morning in Scotlandville, La., near Baton Rouge while executing a warrant on a double homicide suspect.

Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres, who was at the scene of the shooting, said the marshal and others had been looking for Jamie D. Croom, a 31-year-old man who was wanted in the double murder of a brother and sister outside a New Roads nightclub the morning after Mardi Gras, reports the Advocate.

Croom is suspected of shooting the deputy marshal, Torres said, and was also shot and taken to a hospital.

Kevin Harrison, the U.S. Marshal for the Baton Rouge area, said the deputy marshal was "gravely wounded" while executing a warrant on Croom. The marshal was from Mississippi.

The FBI and Baton Rouge Police Department will conduct a joint investigation into the shooting.

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