A shootout Friday morning in Georgia between U.S. Marshalls and the Sumter fugitive wanted locally for a September gun battle with local officers has resulted in the death of both the suspect and a federal law enforcement officer.
Federal authorities say the shootout began Friday morning in Ludowici, Georgia, shortly after a deputy marshal attempted to serve an arrest warrant to Dontrell Montese Carter, who was wanted in Sumter County on attempted murder and domestic violence charges after a string of incidents in the Rembert and Dalzell areas of Sumter County on Sept. 18.
According to reports, Carter shot and killed 53-year-old officer Patrick Carothers outside the mobile home the suspect was hiding at, striking the officer twice during the arrest attempt. Other officers responding to the scene then returned fire, striking Carter multiple times. Carter was pronounced dead at a hospital later in the day.
Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis is offered his condolences to Carothers’ family of 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.”
Last month, during the announcement of a reward for information into the suspect’s whereabouts, local law enforcement said Carter had boasted that he planned to have another shootout with authorities should they attempt to arrest him.
“We believe he is a danger, not only to law enforcement, but to the community at large,” said Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark at the time. “We can’t say that enough.”
Dashcam video of the Sept. 18 shootout with Sumter officers showed the man believed to be Carter leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase before crashing his car in an attempt to turn off U.S. 521. After crashing his car, the man said to be Carter could be seen jumping out of his car, brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle, and screaming and firing at officers.