NH Fugitive Wanted for Sexually Assaulting a Child Killed by Marshals
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of sexual battery on a child was shot and killed during a confrontation with a fugitive task force at a motel in eastern Florida.
St. Johns County Sheriff's spokesman Chuck Mulligan said 58-year-old James Benny Hobbs opened the door to his room at a Howard Johnson motel in St. Augustine on Tuesday evening and made "several sudden moves" that caused three officers to fatally shoot him.
Hobbs was wanted on an aggravated sexual assault on a child under the age of 15 in Amherst, N.H. No officers were injured.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White told "Good Morning New Hampshire" hosts Peter St. James and Pat Kelly that it's not a result the authorities want. (Listen to the full interview above.)
"People have to keep in mind that these people have families just like you and I, and that's not what anyone ever wants to hear."
Two of the officers who fired were members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and one was sheriff's Deputy M. Toubali. Mulligan said it was Toubali's first officer-involved shooting. He did not identify the undercover marshals.
NH1 will update this story as more information becomes available.
"Good Morning New Hampshire" with Peter St. James and Pat Kelly airs 6-10 a.m. Monday-Friday on 107.7 The Pulse and 107.3 WEMJ.