(WMAZ/WLTX) -- A Macon-based U.S. marshal was shot and killed while trying to serve a warrant on a fugitive in south Georgia.
The U.S. Marshal Service identified him as Patrick Carothers, age 53, a deputy commander and 26-year veteran. He leaves a wife and five children.
According to a news release, Carothers was part of a team executing a warrant for Dontrell Montrese Carter. He was wanted for attempted murder of police officers, domestic violence and unlawfully discharging a weapon in September in Sumter County, S.C.
The team found Carter in a single-wide trailer near the 11800 block of Tibit Drive near Ludowici.
The team was entering the home when Carothers was struck twice, and the team returned fire, hitting Carter multiple times.
Carothers was taken to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville, where he died.
Carter, the suspect, later died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah.
According to the news release, David Harlow, deputy director of the U.S. Marshal Service, made this statement; “Our deputies and law enforcement partners face dangers every day in the pursuit of justice nationwide. 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.”
UPDATE: We've learned that the marshal was based out of the U.S. Marshals office in Macon and lived in a neighboring county.
A Deputy U.S. Marshal died during a shooting in south Georgia.
Stephen Emmett, spokesman for the FBI in Atlanta said the shooting happened this morning during a confrontation in Long County, that's about halfway between Brunswick and Savannah.
Emmett says they're still investigating how the shooting happened and the marshal's name has not been released.