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U.S. marshal from Flowery Branch dies while serving warrant
Mans funeral set for Saturday
Patrick Carothers
Patrick Carothers

A U.S. marshal killed when executing a warrant last week will have funeral services Saturday.

Patrick Carothers, 53, was fatally shot Friday while working with a team in Long County. He was a 26-year veteran of the department from Flowery Branch and served as the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force deputy commander.

“Our deputies and law enforcement partners face dangers every day in the pursuit of justice nationwide,” U.S. Marshals Service Deputy Director David Harlow said in a statement Friday. “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.”

Carothers was a member of the Buford Church of God. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at The Long Forum of Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, according to an obituary from Flanigan Funeral Home in Buford.

“Deputy Commander Carothers has worked with GPD on many cases and will be missed,” Gainesville Police said on its social media page. “Rest in peace our dear friend and brother.”

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said he had known Carothers for at least 20 years and said the deputy commander was always well-liked.

“He was a very nice guy and always a pleasure to work with,” he said.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Carothers was attempting to serve a warrant for Dontrell Montese Carter, who was “wanted for attempted murder of police officers, domestic violence and unlawfully discharging a weapon” out of Sumter County, S.C.

Carter was found in a trailer in Ludowici.

“Carothers’ team was making entry when he sustained two fatal rounds,” according to the U.S. Marshals news release. “The team returned gunfire, hitting Carter multiple times.”

Carothers died at Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville, and Carter was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah.