Man shot by U.S. marshals along Delaware waterfront

Posted: October 19, 2013

A man sought on a pair of warrants was shot by U.S. marshals Thursday in the parking lot of a restaurant along the Delaware River, authorities said.

Eugene Dykes Jr. was wanted in connection with a stabbing in South Philadelphia and a violation of his parole on an aggravated-assault conviction, said Tom Smith, assistant chief of the U.S. Marshals Service in Philadelphia.

Marshals and state parole officers on a fugitive task force had received a tip that Dykes would drop off his girlfriend for work at the Chart House restaurant on Columbus Boulevard, Smith said.

About 10 members of the fugitive task force were staking out the restaurant parking lot Thursday afternoon, said Smith.

A little before 5 p.m., Dykes and the woman pulled into the lot in a white Buick sedan.

As authorities converged, he tried to flee and his car struck two members of the task force, briefly dragging one.

A deputy marshal and a state parole officer fired into the sedan and shot Dykes, Smith said.

According to police, Dykes was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.

The two injured task force members were taken to area hospitals, Smith said.

No one else was injured, police said.

Dykes' girlfriend was taken in for questioning, Smith said. He said he did not know whether Dykes had a gun.

Drew Roman, 25, executive chef at the neighboring Spirit of Philadelphia dining cruise ship, was on the deck of the Freedom Elite yacht when the shots were fired.

"As fast as he put that car in reverse, they unloaded," Roman said. He said he counted eight shots.

In 2008, Dykes was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for aggravated assault, court records show. In 2005, he was sentenced to three to 13 months in prison for simple assault.

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