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Marshal shoots, kills fugitive in North Las Vegas, police say

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Steve Marcus

A North Las Vegas Police officer works by a suspect’s car, center, at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting at Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

Updated Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 | 11:42 a.m.

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A North Las Vegas Police officer stands near a man's body at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue in North Las Vegas Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. The man's body is behind orange and black screens at left.

Scene of shooting

A U.S. Marshal shot and killed a 27-year-old fugitive from Arizona after a short vehicle pursuit around 3 p.m. Wednesday in North Las Vegas.

North Las Vegas Police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said the fugitive was armed and wanted for two probation violations on felony charges in Arizona.

Coon said a U.S. marshal, who was part of a multijurisdictional fugitive task force, chased the fugitive's vehicle through traffic. Two unidentified women accompanied the wanted man in the vehicle, with one driving and the other riding as a passenger, police said.

The driver, 26-year-old Tabitha Alvarez of Tucson, sped southbound on Martin Luther King Blvd after the attempted traffic stop, police said. The other passenger was identified as Meggan Lecroy, 22, police said.

The car stopped at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue, where the fugitive got out and began to run, police said.

That’s when the marshal shot him, Coon said.

Coon said the two women were arrested, with Alvarez facing multiple traffic charges.

North Las Vegas Police is investigating the incident, while the U.S. Marshals Service is conducting its own investigation.

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