Congressman Praises ATF Agent in Virgin Islands Shooting
By Andrew Ramonas | September 30, 2010 3:00 pm

Rep. Christopher Lee (R-N.Y.) on Thursday joined dozens of law enforcement officials on Capitol Hill to speak out against the prosecution of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent who shot and killed a neighbor in the Virgin Islands.

Christopher Lee (Gov)

Lee said William G. Clark acted in self defense when he fatally shot Marcus Sukow in 2008 after intervening in a domestic dispute between Sukow and the man’s girlfriend. Territorial authorities brought manslaughter charges against Clark, and his trial is slated to begin in October. (Read our four-part series on the case here.)

The House member introduced a resolution in July honoring Clark.

“Will was doing what his training and his background taught him to do – he was coming to the aid of a battered woman,” Lee said at the news conference on Thursday, according to a news release. “I’m pleased to join with a bipartisan group of senators and representatives to call attention to Will’s heroism and question his treatment in this case. America’s brave law enforcement officers need to know they will be supported for courageous and lawful actions to defend the innocent, not prosecuted for it.”

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