Sheriff: shooting suspect dies in exchange of gunfire with Marshals

U.S. Marshals tried to arrest him at a hotel in Chattanooga this morning

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A fugitive from Georgia was killed in a shootout with U.S. Marshals this morning in Chattanooga.

49 year old John R. Wells Jr. was wanted in Walker County on charges of shooting his wife in Villanow a few weeks ago.

She survived the shooting.

Sheriff Steve Wilson says a Marshal’s Task Force tracked Wells to a hotel on Shallowford Road.

He says Wells was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the agents at the hotel.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.

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