Three people have been charged with murder in the November shooting death of a deputy U.S. marshal in which the gunman was killed, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

 

Deputy U.S. Marshal Patrick Thomas Carothers was serving a warrant Nov. 18 for the arrest of Dontrell Montese Carter in Allenhurst in Long County, Ga. Carter was wanted in Sumter County, S.C., on charges of attempted murder of a police officer, domestic violence and unlawfully discharging a weapon.

Carter shot and killed Carothers and was then killed by fugitive task force officers who had come with Carothers to serve the warrant.

The Southeast Regional Task Force tracked Carter to the Allenhurst residence where he was hiding.

At the residence, officers made contact with a woman, Ashley Chavon Roberts, 24, and two men, Levy Lewis Jenkins, 34, and Jeremy Lance Lewis, 32, the GBI said prepared statement issued Thursday morning.

The GBI’s subsequent investigation showed that acts were committed that hindered Carter’s capture, the release said.

Roberts, Jenkins and Lewis have each been charged with single counts of hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal and felony murder, the statement said.

The arrest warrants assert the trio hid Carter although they likely knew he had committed a felony and was armed and dangerous. As a result of that, a murder resulted, the warrants say.

Roberts was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Glynn County, and Lewis was arrested Wednesday in Long County, said Stacy Carson, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Kingsland office.

Jenkins already was in jail, Carson said.

Carothers was deputy commander of the fugitive task force and lived near Atlanta. He had served 26 years in the U.S. Marshals Service and is survived by a wife and five children.

The FBI and Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation, the GBI said.

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405