Suspect Sought After Car Case, Shoot Out with Cops
SUMTER, S.C. (WOLO) – Local, state and federal authorities are continuing to search for a man wanted on attempted murder
and other charges in connection to a domestic incident that led to a high-speed chase and multiple shots fired at officers.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Sumter Police Department, with assistance from the State Law Enforcement Division and the
U.S. Marshals Service, are continuing to look for 25-year-old Dontrell Montese Carter, who led officers on a high-speed chase along
U.S. 521 North before wrecking down an embankment early September 18.
Carter is considered armed and dangerous and is believed to have connections in North Carolina, Homestead/Miami, Fla., Florence and
Myrtle Beach, as well as Sumter.
As a Sumter Police Department officer and Sumter County deputies responded, Carter exited his vehicle and fired shots from a semi-
automatic rifle at officers before he escaped into the woods. There were no injuries.
Carter faces charges of domestic violence, failure to stop for a blue light and siren, possession of a weapon during a violent crime,
seven counts of attempted murder, driving under suspension and firing shots into a dwelling, all from the September 18 incidents.
He also has charges from the Sumter Police Department that are pending including a 2008 armed robbery charge; unlawful carrying of
a pistol and possession of a stolen firearm, both from 2010; an attempted murder charge as well as discharging a firearm into a vehicle
both from 2013. A 2014 charge of grand larceny from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is also pending.
Carter’s criminal history appears to have escalated. He has earlier convictions for traffic offenses including open container, driving
under suspension, speeding, driving under intoxication and possession of marijuana.
Carter has medium complexion, stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. When he was last
seen, Carter had dreadlocks and a mustache, but he could have changed his appearance. He has no known scars or tattoos.
Anyone who sees Carter should not approach him but should immediately call 911.
Information about his whereabouts can also be given to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2000 or the Sumter Police
Department at (803) 436-2700.
A cash reward could be available for information leading to an arrest. Callers can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at