REDFORD, Mich. (AP) – A man listed on the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 most wanted list was shot to death in a confrontation with authorities, the agency said.

Edward Mathis was shot Saturday in a Redford hotel room after refusing orders from law enforcement officials to come out, according to a news release issued by the Marshals Service.

Mathis, 39, was wanted on a Drug Enforcement Administration warrant out of New York. Federal officials say he was the triggerman in a double homicide.

He also was a co-leader and enforcer for a crack ring in Long Island and was wanted for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, the Marshals Service said.

Mathis was recently profiled on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted.” Leads generated by the show led authorities to Mathis’ associates in the Detroit suburb of Redford and then to the hotel room where he was staying, the statement said.

Law enforcement officials from several regional task forces and local police took part in Saturday’s raid. It was unclear from the statement if Mathis was shot by a federal marshal or another law enforcement official.

The release stated Mathis was confronted in a hotel room but did not elaborate on whether he had a weapon or made any aggressive action that caused officers to fire. A spokeswoman with the Marshals Service in Washington said she couldn’t reveal any information that was not included in the news release.

An investigation is ongoing.

AP-ES-08-17-03 2114EDT



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