KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A former Maryland official has died after an FBI agent-involved shooting in West Knoxville on Monday.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including other law enforcement, responded to an area near Kingston Pike and Lovell Road after reports of fugitive Roy C. McGrath being spotted in Knoxville.
During the arrest, McGrath was injured and taken to the hospital. McGrath’s attorney Joseph Murtha said that the FBI confirmed his passing.
“It is a tragic ending to the past three weeks of uncertainty. I think it is important to stress that Roy never wavered about his innocence,” Murtha said.
The situation is under investigation by the FBI’s Inspection Division.
“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously,” Darrell DeBusk with the FBI said.
The Associated Press reported that there was an arrest warrant issued for McGrath, ex-Chief of Staff for former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
According to the FBI, McGrath was wanted for failing to appear for his federal fraud trial date in Baltimore, Md., on March 13. He was indicted on fraud charges in 2021. Read the indictment.
McGrath was charged with wire fraud, theft in programs receiving federal funds, falsification of records and forfeiture.
The judge issued a warrant for McGrath’s arrest which led to a nationwide manhunt. The U.S. Marshals Service also announced launching an interstate manhunt for him.
The FBI and U.S. Marshals also offered a combined reward of up to $20,000 for information on McGrath’s whereabouts, according to The Hill.
According to the AP, McGrath’s Florida home was also raided during the manhunt.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.