Deputy marshals kill wanted man

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 9:06pm

Gary Seale was arrested two years ago, charged with fraud and money laundering. He was a no-show Monday for his plea hearing in federal court, where he faced what amounted to multiple life sentences for those charges. A warrant was issued, leading to the showdown near his home.

Jonathan Fabre woke up to an unusual site in his quiet, rural community Monday, dozens of deputy marshals, sheriffs, an ambulance, and two coroner vans.

"Sad, unfortunate situation," Fabre said.

Gary Seale, 58, was pronounced dead on the scene, after two deputy marshals allege he pointed a weapon at them as they tried to take him into custody.

"When they arrived, they advised him of who they were and their presence," U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison said. "Seale produced a weapon, a handgun, and deputy marshals responded accordingly."

Justice Department documents said Seale was arrested two years ago, accused of scamming customers out of $500,000, at the brokerage company he owned, BIS Business Brokers. He was also accused of fraud in regards to a $900,000 loan with the Small Business Administration. He faced a combined total of 236 years behind bars.

A warrant was issued Monday after Seale skipped his court hearing.

"Always want to be in a position to expect something like this may happen," Harrison said. "Obviously nothing the marshals went looking for."

Neighbors said Monday's outcome was completely unexpected and that their thoughts now shift to Seale's family.

"Community needs to be in prayer and support for the family," Fabre said. "Be there anyway we can."

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