A man has died after he was shot during a struggle with a member of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force outside a motel in southeastern Prince William County on Friday.
The man was identified as Mario Dantoni Bass, 37, of the 15700 block of Tassleford Lane in Woodbridge, according to Prince William police spokesperson Sgt. Jonathan Perok. The officer involved in the shooting was identified as a federal officer with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The incident occurred at the Days Inn along Old Stage Road around 9:15 a.m. Perok says officers with the agency’s “Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force” were attempting to serve Bass with several Prince William arrest warrants after a learning that he was staying at the hotel. The task force includes federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from around Northern Virginia, including Prince William County.
Bass reportedly fled out of a window as police tried to enter the room. As he tried to evade officers behind the motel, Perok said, Bass “confronted a member of the task force, leading to a physical altercation.” During that confrontation, the officer shot him.
Bass was taken to an area hospital where he died. No one else was hurt in the incident.
Prince William police will head the investigation of the incident.
Perok noted that Bass was wanted on 11 warrants, most recently in connection to a domestic-related abduction reported to police on Feb. 15.