Community Mourns DUSM Derek Hotsinpiller's Death Two Years Later
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 16, 2013 @ 7:59PM
Created on February 16, 2013 @ 7:23PM
It's been two years since a young Deputy U.S. Marshal was fatally shot in the line of duty.
Derek Hotsinpiller was only 24-years-old when he was shot and killed back in 2011.
Hotsinpiller, along with the state police, went to a home on Central Street in Elkins to serve Charles Smith a warrant. That's when Smith opened fire and killed Hotsinpiller.
Smith was killed on the return fire, and two other Deputy U.S. Marshals were injured.
Since then, the community has rallied with support for his family. There have been numerous events in his honor, a scholarship fund has been created, and a federal building has been named after him as well.
On the anniversary of his death, co-workers are remembering his fun-loving personality.
Officer J.L. Hamrick of the Bridgeport Police Department said, "Everyone in the law enforcement community is aware of the date today. Derek was an individual who knew what he wanted and went after it. I'm not sure driven is the right word, but he had a mindset that he knew what he wanted to do with his life, and he went out and he did it."
Hamrick added, "We try not to dwell on his death, but we do want to celebrate his life."
Even those who never knew Hotsinpiller have felt the pain of his death and say that police officers are sometimes under appreciated.
Mayor of Clarksburg Patsy Trecost said, "What they do is something a lot of people don't want to do. That's serve and protect at all costs. For him, it was the cost of his life, and hopefully we can learn from that and become a little bit better ourselves."
Since then, three people have been charged in connection with Hotsinpiller's death.
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