US Marshals In NYC Shootout; Suspect Wounded


usmA fugitive wanted for nearly two decades on drug charges was wounded during a shootout with deputy U.S. marshals who tracked him down in New York City, federal authorities said Wednesday.

The shooting occurred when a team of deputy marshals and New York Police Department officers tried to arrest Oswald Lewis at about 11 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment in a Queens neighborhood near John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Lewis, armed with two handguns and wearing a bulletproof vest, fired several rounds at the officers moments after they entered the apartment, authorities said. The team returned fired, hitting Lewis in the arm before he surrendered, authorities said.

Lewis, 44, was wanted on federal and state cocaine trafficking charges in Virginia and North Carolina from the 1990s, authorities said. The name of his attorney was not immediately available.

Last month, a California man who’d skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed in a Manhattan shootout that involved deputy marshals and an NYPD officer.