A U.S. Marshal was killed this morning while serving a warrant around 9am in southeast Georgia. According to local media reports, he was serving a fugitive warrant at a mobile home park in Long County, when the fatal shooting occurred.
The 53-year-old deputy commander had served nearly three decades with the US Marshals Service, WTOC reported. Patrick Carothers had reportedly been with the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for more than a year.
This morning, he and his other team members were attempting to execute a warrant for the arrest of Dontrell Carter, who was wanted for attempted murder of police officers and other charges, stemming from an incident in South Carolina back in September.
As Carothers entered the home near Ludowici, he sustained two fatal gunshot wounds, officials said. The task force team returned fire, hitting the suspect multiple times. Carter later died from his injuries.
“The fugitive who killed Deputy Commander Carothers was extremely dangerous, wanted for trying to kill law enforcement officers and deliberately evading authorities. Pat is a hero and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and five children,” said US Marshal Deputy Dir. David Harlow.
GBI, FBI on scene of shootout involving US Marshals trying to arrest suspect in Long County. pic.twitter.com/UwwWaEDE3W
— WTOC Dal Cannady (@wtocdalcannady) November 18, 2016
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