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UPDATE: U.S. Marshals shoot and kill armed fugitive

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A fugitive was shot and killed by two deputy U.S. Marshals during a traffic stop Wednesday morning, according to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

It happened just before noon on Ladd Avenue, near the intersection of Camp Ground Road and Lees Lane.

Officials say Timothy Vessels, a fugitive, was shot by U.S. Marshals who were trying to arrest him on outstanding charges. 

While investigating an address where Marshals thought Vessels might be, he was seen riding in a car nearby.

Marshals pulled the car over and told Vessels to surrender. But when he pointed a gun at the two deputies, both shot at Vessels.

"The guy that pulled the weapon ... they knew what was gonna happen when they pulled that gun out," said Brandon Pendleton, who lives nearby.

Neighbors in the area were surprised when they learned what happened.

"First time I've ever heard of something like this happening in the area," Pendleton said. "For the most part it's a pretty laid back community." 

The U.S. Marshals Service often helps state and local agencies catch their most violent fugitives. 

Vessels was wanted in Louisville for possession of a firearm and forced burglary, a release says. Officials say he has a criminal history, which includes federal narcotics violations and possession and sale of firearms.

According to a release from the U.S. Marshals, Vessels was on “federal supervised release with pending violations.” 

"Makes you wonder if they live around here or if it just happened to be in the area," Pendleton said. 

According to the U.S. Marshals, Vessels was pronounced dead when EMS arrived on scene.

The Marshals were not injured. 

U.S. Marshals are investigating the shooting, along with LMPD's public integrity unit.

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