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Suspect in Sumter shoot-out with deputies killed after fatally wounding U.S. Marshal

Dontrell Carter was killed after he fatally wounded a U.S. Marshal on Friday. (Source: Sumter County) Dontrell Carter was killed after he fatally wounded a U.S. Marshal on Friday. (Source: Sumter County)
The scene of Friday's shoot-out in Long County, GA. (Source: WTOC) The scene of Friday's shoot-out in Long County, GA. (Source: WTOC)
LONG COUNTY, GA (WIS) -

A 25-year-old Sumter County man wanted in connection with a shoot-out with deputies two months ago was shot and killed by law enforcement agents after he shot and killed a U.S. Marshal on Friday.

According to the U.S. Marshal's Office, the suspect, identified as Dontrell Montese Carter, fatally shot Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers, 53, while serving a warrant in Long County, Georgia.

Carter has been wanted by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in connection with a Sept. 18 incident.

Deputies say Carter assaulted his girlfriend. She was not seriously injured, according to deputies, and she did not require any medical treatment.

After the assault, Carter left the home in Dalzell and went to a family member’s home on Jerry Street. Deputies say this is where shots were fired by Carter and someone in the home returned fire. No one in that incident suffered any gunshot wounds.

Deputies immediately began seeking Carter and a City of Sumter Police officer spotted his vehicle on Highway 521. Carter, according to deputies, did not stop for blue lights and a chase ensued northbound on Highway 521.

After attempting to turn onto Furman Field Road, deputies say Carter wrecked down an embankment. That’s when Carter got out of his car, firing at deputies. Deputies returned fire and Carter ran into the woods.

Carter had been on the run for several months now, staring down seven counts of attempted murder, domestic violence charges, failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, firing into a dwelling, and driving under suspension.

However, Carter was mortally wounded at the scene in Georgia and pronounced dead a short time later.

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

Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis released a statement offering his condolences. 

"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."

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