Deputy U.S. Marshal Shot, Killed in Southeast Georgia By Sumter Fugitive

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LUDOWICI, Ga. (AP/WOLO) – Federal authorities say a deputy U.S. marshal has been fatally shot while trying to serve an arrest warrant in southeast Georgia.

A news release from the U.S. Marshals Service says the suspect was killed by officers who returned fire. The release says the deputy marshal, 53-year-old Patrick Carothers, was shot twice while trying to serve a warrant at a mobile home in rural Long County, about 55 miles southeast of Savannah.

Stewart Cottingham, supervisory inspector for a fugitive task force run by the U.S. Marshals Service, says the suspect was a fugitive wanted in Sumter County, South Carolina.

Sumter Count Sheriff Anthony Dennis offered his condolences to the Carothers family.

A statement sent to the media reads:

“Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis is offering his condolences to the US Marshal killed in a shootout with a suspect wanted out of Sumter County of 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.

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