Yesterday, the law enforcement in Georgia saw yet another one of their members killed in the line of duty by a dangerous criminal-fugitive. It happened about 40 miles from Richmond Hill and the fatally wounded Marshal was brought to Liberty County Medical Center, next to my county.
I was called by a U.S. Marshal to come to administer the "Last Rites" to the heroic Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers, a Catholic based out of Macon, Georgia but living in the Atlanta metro area. I am grateful to the US Marshall who knew that Carothers was a Catholic and that a priest should administer the Last Rites for him.
When I arrived at the hospital there were many US Marshals and other law enforcement in the emergency room. Some of the marshals had gone in with Pat and could have easily have fallen to the fugitive's gun shots. Pat went in first as the head of the team.
It was rough seeing these men crying and consoling one another. Some of them were Catholic. We all gathered around the body of Patrick and I prayed the Church's prayers for a person after death which includes a Scripture reading. The hospital personnel in the emergency room also joined us.
Patrick leaves behind a wife and five children. Pray for his soul and his grieving family and those who were with him yesterday.
US marshal killed in shootout with suspect
(CNN)A federal law enforcement officer was shot and killed Friday morning while trying to serve an arrest warrant in south Georgia, the US Marshals Service said.
Patrick Carothers, 53, was a 26-year veteran of the Marshals Service and deputy commander of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the release said.
The team entered a house trailer near Ludowici, about 55 miles south of Savannah, in an attempt to arrest Dontrell Montese Carter, authorities said.
Carter opened fire and hit the officer twice, the release said. Other officers returned fire and struck Carter multiple times. The men were taken to hospitals, where they died, the Marshals Service said.
Carter, 25, was wanted in Sumter County, South Carolina, for attempted murder of police officers, domestic violence and unlawfully discharging a weapon, the Marshals Service said.
The Sumter County Sheriff's Office said Carter fired numerous shots into an occupied dwelling September 18 and led deputies on an auto chase. He exited his vehicle and fired shots at officers before fleeing, the sheriff's office said.
"Our deputies and law enforcement partners face dangers every day in the pursuit of justice nationwide," said US Marshals Service Deputy Director David Harlow. "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."
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said: "Deputy Commander Carothers served the American people with fidelity and courage throughout his distinguished career. He stayed true to his oath to the last, laying down his life to keep his community safe and his neighbors secure."
AND THIS FROM THE US MARSHAL'S FEDERAL OFFICE:
|For Immediate Release
|November 18, 2016
|USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
|U.S. Marshals Deputy Commander Killed in the Line of Duty
Deputy Commander Patrick
Carothers, 53, died in the line of duty at approximately 9:00am today
while attempting to serve a warrant on a fugitive in Long County,
Carothers was a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service, serving as deputy commander of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for more than a year. He was part of a team executing a warrant for the arrest of Dontrell Montese Carter, who was wanted for attempted murder of police officers, domestic violence and unlawfully discharging a weapon during an incident in September in Sumter County, South Carolina.
The team located Carter in a single-wide trailer near the 11800 block of Tibit Drive near Ludowici.
Carothers’ team was making entry when he sustained two fatal rounds. The team returned gunfire, hitting Carter multiple times.
A certified tactical medic on the team administered aid to Carothers, who was transported immediately to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville, where he died.
Carter was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah and pronounced dead.
“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. “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.”
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
America’s Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency