LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP) — A fugitive accused of attempting to murder police officers fatally shot a deputy U.S. marshal trying to arrest him Friday in southeast Georgia, where other law officers returned fire and killed the suspect, federal authorities said.
The U.S. Marshals Service said 53-year-old Patrick Carothers, deputy commander of the agency’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, died after being shot twice as a team of officers tried to serve a warrant at a mobile home in rural Long County.
The slain suspect was identified as Dontrell Montese Carter. He was wanted in Sumter County, South Carolina, on charges of attempted murder of police officers, domestic violence and illegally discharging a weapon during an incident in September, the Marshals Service said in a news release.
The agency said Carothers and his team had tracked Carter to a mobile home just outside Ludowici, about 55 miles southeast of Savannah. Carothers was shot as they were entering the home.
Law officers returned fire and shot Carter multiple times, the Marshals Service said. Both men were taken to area hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.
“The fugitive who killed Deputy Commander Carothers was extremely dangerous, wanted for trying to kill law enforcement officers and deliberately evading authorities,” David Harlow, deputy director of the Marshals Service, said in a statement. “Pat is a hero and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and five children.”
Carothers served 26 years with the Marshals Service and had been deputy commander of the fugitive task force for more than a year.
Sumter County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement:
Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis is offering his condolences to the US Marshal killed in a shootout with a suspect wanted out of Sumter County on Friday morning in Long County, Georgia.
The men and women of the US Marshals Service work very hard to keep all of us safe,” Dennis said. “Patrick Carothers was 53 years old and a father to five children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.