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Man was hiding in closet with knife before being shot, marshals say

A man was shot to death on Friday morning in Alton by law enforcement officers, the U.S. Marshal Service has confirmed.

U.S. marshals were at the home on Omega Street to complete an arrest warrant that was issued on Jan. 18, said supervisory deputy and public information officer Patrick James.

Deputies from the Eastern Missouri marshals office went to Alton to locate and arrest the man, whose name was being withheld until his family wais notified of his death, James said.

Deputies were looking for the man to arrest him because his bond had been revoked. The man had previously been indicted on methamphetamine charges in the Eastern District of Missouri, James said.

Marshals found him “hiding in a closet and in possession of a knife,” James said, and the man was shot to death.

The Madison County Coroner’s Office was to conduct an autopsy, the office confirmed.

James said some members of the man’s family were at the home at the time. No one else was injured.

The Illinois State Police was investigating, James said, which is standard procedure in such a shooting.

A video on KSDK’s Facebook page showed dozens of officers in the area of Omega Street in Alton. Caution tape could be seen around the porch of a home.