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Drug task force hit by gunfire in Sebring

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Two members of a U.S. Marshals drug task force were shot in Lake Sebring area Wednesday morning, but both are expected to recover.

One was shot in the hand and successfully underwent surgery. The other was shot in the shoulder, treated and released.

It was around 6 a.m. when the multi-agency task force was executing a search warrant on Cleveland Road, just south of the lake.

They got no response at the door and began to smash their way in when shots rang out.

Amanda White, who lives next to the house that was being raided, heard and saw the commotion. U.S. Marshals surrounded the house, even strategically placed in trees.

"I loaded my gun, stayed in the house for a few minutes, then peeked my head out," she told FOX 13. She heard someone screaming, then a second.

Two law enforcement officers were hit -- one was a U.S. Marshal; the second was a St. Lucie County deputy.

Detective Paul Pearson, an 11-year St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office veteran, has already been released from the hospital after being shot in the shoulder.

The second Marshal, who was wounded right hand, was scheduled for surgery. By early evening, his name had not been released.

Five of the six suspects were arrested. The task force was investigating cocaine distribution in the area.

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