OXFORD, Miss — A U.S Marshal who was shot in Oxford while serving a warrant on a murder suspect was released from the hospital today.
Law enforcement and Oxford residents turned out in force to pay tribute to the marshal who risked his life in the line of duty.
“This is home. It’s just everybody here is close to their family. Whether we know him or not, we are just really blessed and thankful that he is ok. We have been praying for him and we are just happy to see him come home to his wife and kids,” said Laura Carr, an Oxford resident.
The unidentified marshal got a hero’s welcome.
Military and police helicopters flew overhead, and law enforcement cars stretched for miles down Lamar and around the square.
“We are here for the parade today for what we call a hero here in Oxford he was shot last week,” said Carr.
Children waved American flags in the wind, and law enforcement cars circled around the square for almost thirty minutes as a thank you.
“I will say this, any time an officer takes a bullet in the line of duty, he must have been doing something right, and so, in my opinion, he deserves all the respect we can give him,” said Russ.
Not only did Oxford citizens show support, but law enforcement departments from around the mid-south also took part in the parade.
The murder suspect, Hunter Carlstrom, who marshals were trying to arrest last week, died in the shootout with officers.
Carlstrom’s girlfriend Xaveriana Cook faces several charges connected to the shooting.
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