How Hero U.S. Deputy Marshal Patrick Carothers Was Killed Today


Hero Down: U.S. Deputy Marshal Patrick Carothers Murdered

Long County, Georgia – U.S. Deputy Marshal Patrick Carothers was gunned down while attempting to arrest a violent suspect, here’s what happened.

Multiple law enforcement agencies had been on the lookout for 25-year-old Dontrel Carter since September. Carter was wanted for attempted murder of law enforcement officers and evading authorities. His original charges stemmed from an incident in South Carolina where he fired into a family members home, led police on a high speed chase, and eventually fired at police officers before escaping capture. A $7,500 reward was offered for information leading to his arrest.

U.S. Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers, 53, and his team of Deputy Marshals tracked this violent criminal to a single wide trailer in Long County, Georgia. As officers breached the trailer, Carter opened fire on them, striking Carothers several times. Medics performed emergency first aid, but Carothers succumbed to his injuries at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.

His team returned fire, killing Carter.

Carter, who caught a serious case of acute lead poisoning.

Carter, who caught a serious case of acute lead poisoning.

Carothers had been with the U.S. Marshal Services for 26 years and has been a commander for a little over a year. The complete details of the shooting have not been released, but if he was the only one hit, it looks like he may have been one of the first in the door. If that’s the case, Carothers led from the front like a real commander.

U.S. Marshals Service Deputy Director David Harlow states

“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,”

Thank you Deputy Carothers for your lengthy service as a U.S. Deputy Marshal, you died a hero.

Please send your thoughts and prayers over to the U.S. Marshal Services and Carothers family.