6th suspect arrested in Sebring U.S. Marshals shooting - WFLA News Channel 8

6th suspect arrested in Sebring U.S. Marshals shooting

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A bird's eye look at the home in Sebring where two U.S. Marshals were shot. A bird's eye look at the home in Sebring where two U.S. Marshals were shot.
HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A sixth person has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two U.S. Marshals.

The marshals were shot while trying to serve federal arrest warrants Wednesday morning.

The arrest warrants were part of an ongoing operation to break up a central Florida drug ring selling powder and crack cocaine.

"It was a big operation. They were dealing multiple kilograms throughout central Florida," said Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton.

One of the injured men is a full-time Marshal.  The other, Detective Paul Pearson, 33, is a special deputy Marshal who also works as a deputy for the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Benton said the marshals approached the home looking for the two suspects. The men did not answer when marshals knocked and identified themselves, so the marshals attempted to break down the door. That's when shots were fired.

"There's no doubt in my mind they knew we were law enforcement," said U.S. Marshal spokesperson, Frank Chuimento.

One marshal was hit the shoulder and had to have surgery. The other was struck in the hand. The two suspects inside the home, Robin Guillaume and Alex Guerrier, were arrested.

"Within minutes, we were able to get them to voluntarily come outside," Benton said.

Nearby neighbors had to be evacuated for safety. The names of the injured marshals are not being released at this time. Both are expected to fully recover.

This was part of a larger operation serving warrants at multiple locations in central Florida. The task force arrested all six suspects for which they had warrants including Guillaume and Guerrier. Other suspects arrested are Alphonsia Maxime, Cleophas Brown, Gibson LaPointe and Nikkie Bennett.  Bennett was arrested on Thursday.

Those arrested will be charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

All six have been taken into federal custody and will be taken to Ft. Pierce.

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