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2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

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Police said Mozdir was armed with this .32-caliber revolver. (NYPD photo) Police said Mozdir was armed with this .32-caliber revolver. (NYPD photo)
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The two deputy U.S. marshals who were shot in the West Village on Monday were released from the hospital on Tuesday.

The marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with fugitive sexual assault suspect Charles Richard Mozdir, officials said. The shootout happened in smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street. Mozdir was killed.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the marshals and cop were taken to Bellevue Hospital Center.

Police said he was armed with a .32-caliber handgun and had 20 extra rounds of ammunition. He was wanted in a child-molestation case in California, according to Lynzey Donahue, a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service.

The marshals and the detective -- members of the U.S. Marshals' New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force -- were trying to arrest Mozdir when gunfire erupted, Donahue said. Police Commissioner Bratton said the detective's protective vest probably saved his life because it stopped a bullet from entering his chest. Another shot hit the detective in his stomach just below the vest. He is being treated at Bellevue.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Patrick Lin, wounded in the upper thigh, stayed overnight at Bellevue and was released, while Deputy U.S. Marshal Ryan Westfield, shot in the elbow, was treated and also released, according to officials.

The TV show "The Hunt with John Walsh" recently profiled Mozdir's case. He was arrested and accused of molesting a a child in California in 2012. In June 2012, he posted bail and then went on the run, according to reports.

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