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Suicide suspected in death of U.S. Marshals Service executive

November 28, 2012|By Richard Serrano
  • When officers responded to a call, they found Charles Christopher Dudley, deputy director of the U.S. Marshals Service, dead in his home.
When officers responded to a call, they found Charles Christopher Dudley,… (Dave Connor / Flickr )

WASHINGTON – Charles Christopher Dudley, deputy director of the U.S. Marshals Service, died from what police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in suburban Washington last week.

Authorities said he called police from his home in Fairfax Station, Va., on Friday, threatening suicide. When officers arrived, they found him dead. Fairfax County police are awaiting a final determination on the case from the local medical examiner’s office but do not suspect foul play.

Dudley, 46, was appointed the No. 2 marshal in 2009. He joined the service in 1990 as a deputy marshal in northern Georgia. Over the years, he served as chief of staff and chief of investigations, and managed the agency’s elite fugitive task force program, personally helping arrest several fugitives.

Agency colleagues said Wednesday that Dudley was well-liked. His online obituary included nearly 200 tributes from fellow workers.

In summing up his career with the Marshals Service, Dudley said in a 2009 interview: “I just fell in love with the culture and the people. It’s humbling; it’s an honor.”

A memorial service is to be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church in Blacksburg, Va., where Dudley grew up.

richard.serrano@latimes.com

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