LONG CO., GA (WTOC) - According to the U.S. Marshals Office, one U.S. Marshals deputy has died after he was shot while serving a warrant in Long County, GA.
Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers, 53, died at approximately 9 a.m. today while attempting to serve a warrant on a fugitive in Long County.
Carothers, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service, served as deputy commander of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for more than a year.
He was part of a team executing a warrant for the arrest of Dontrell Montese Carter. Carter was wanted for attempted murder of police officers, domestic violence and unlawfully discharging a weapon during an incident in September in Sumter County, South Carolina.
Carter was located in a single-wide trailer near the 11800 block of Tibit Drive near Ludowici. Carothers and his team were making entry when he sustained two fatal gunshot wounds. The team returned gunfire, hitting Carter multiple times.
A certified tactical medic on the team administered aid to Carothers, who was transported immediately to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville. He died from his injuries.
Carter was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah and pronounced dead.
"Our deputies and law enforcement partners face dangers every day in the pursuit of justice nationwide," said U.S. Marshals Service Deputy Director David Harlow in a statement. "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."