Georgia deputies shot and killed serving warrant have been identified: ‘Men of character’

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Two Georgia sheriff’s representatives who were shot dead this week while serving an arrest warrant were identified Friday.

Cobb County Sheriff’s Deputy Marshal Erwin, Jr. and Jonathan Koleski were murdered Thursday at a home in the Marietta area, while a suspect was arrested for theft, the sheriff’s office said.

After a nearly four-hour standoff with law enforcement, suspects Christopher Cook and Christopher Golden were taken into custody. Cook was charged with alleged theft and Golden was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and murder of an officer.

Ervin Jr., 38, was the father of two children who joined the sheriff’s office in 2012. and Kolsky, 42, was a US Army Veteran who joined the sheriff’s office in 2007.

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Deputy Marshals Erwin, Jr. (left) and Jonathan Kolsky (right) were killed Thursday while arresting a wanted for burglary at a home in the Marietta area.
(Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

“He was an outstanding man, a man of character and integrity, a family man, who loved his family and children,” Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens told a news conference.

The Sheriff’s Office and the families of the victims are mourning the death.

“Our hearts are broken here in Cobb County,” the sheriff said. “It’s a night of heartache for two families, two wives who have lost wonderful husbands.”

The deputy was serving a warrant at the home at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday when Owens attacked him in what he described as an ambush.

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(File photo) Ervin Jr., 38, was the father of two children who joined the sheriff's office in 2012.  And Kolsky, 42, is a US Army Veteran who joined the Sheriff's Office in 2007.

(File photo) Ervin Jr., 38, was the father of two children who joined the sheriff’s office in 2012. And Kolsky, 42, is a US Army Veteran who joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2007.
(Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

Owens said the deputies knocked on the door and rang the doorbell but no one answered. As the policemen were returning to their patrol car, a vehicle came over and someone from inside the vehicle opened fire on them.

It is not clear whether the two suspects were in the vehicle when the firing began.

The sheriff said representatives were able to alert dispatchers of the shooting.

A standoff ensued between the suspects and law enforcement, and Cook and Golden were eventually taken into custody.

Owens said the deputies knocked on the door and rang the doorbell but no one answered.  As the policemen were returning to their patrol car, a vehicle came over and someone from inside the vehicle opened fire on them.

Owens said the deputies knocked on the door and rang the doorbell but no one answered. As the policemen were returning to their patrol car, a vehicle came over and someone from inside the vehicle opened fire on them.
(Cobb County Sheriff’s Office)

The Cobb Sheriff Foundation is accepting donations to support the families of fallen deputies.

Law enforcement agencies across the state offered their condolences to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.

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Owens said Republican Gov. Brian Kemp had personally called to offer him state resources.

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