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Fugitive shot by deputy marshals dies

04/26/2013, 9:14pm PDT
By Susan Shroder

The man was shot as he aimed his SUV at the federal officers, San Diego police said.

— A fugitive who was shot when he drove toward a pair of deputy U.S. marshals in a Clairemont neighborhood on Wednesday has died, authorities said.

Nicholas Pratl, 34, had been taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds

Omar Castillo, U.S. Marshals Service spokesman, confirmed Pratl’s death on Friday.

Pratl had been wanted on a $250,000 felony warrant for possession of narcotics for sale.

The federal officers had been conducting surveillance on a Clairemont home when Pratl pulled up front. The deputy marshals blocked him in, and Pratl rammed each of their vehicles, San Diego police said.

Pratl then drove his vehicle directly at them. Fearing for their lives, the marshals fired, police said.

Records show five separate felony cases filed against Pratl in Superior Court since 1998.

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