Three people have been arrested in the shooting death of a U.S. marshal from Flowery Branch late last year.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Patrick Thomas Carothers was killed Nov. 18 while serving an arrest warrant in South Georgia for a man suspected of murdering police officers.
Arrest warrants were issued Tuesday for three suspects accused of hindering the arrest of that man, Dontrell Montese Carter, 25, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Ashley Chavon Roberts, 24, Levy Lewis Jenkins, 34, and Jeremy Lance Lewis, 32, face murder charges for their role in the incident.
The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force had tracked Carter to a home in Allenhurst.
Carothers was shot twice as the team entered the home, according to the Marshals Service. Carter was killed at the scene when officers returned fire, hitting him multiple times, the Marshals Service reported.
Law enforcement interviewed the suspects at the home and an investigation found that the three “committed acts which hindered Carter’s capture,” according to the GBI.
In addition to the murder of police officers, Carter was wanted for domestic violence and unlawfully discharging a weapon during a September incident in Sumter County, S.C.
Carothers was a 26-year veteran of the department and served as the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force deputy commander. He had worked with the Gainesville Police Department and Hall County Sheriff’s Office on multiple cases and was always well-liked, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Ware.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.