Funeral arrangements announced for two slain Cobb County sheriff’s deputies

Published: Sep. 11, 2022 at 9:18 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2022 at 12:58 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - The funeral arrangements have been announced for the two deputies who were killed while attempting to serve a warrant at a Marietta home on Thursday evening.

The two fallen deputies were identified as 42-year-old Jonathan Randall Koleski and 38-year-old Marshall Samuel Ervin Jr.

The funeral for deputy Jonathan Randall Koleski is scheduled for Sept. 14 with the service at noon at the Northstar Church located at 3413 Blue Springs Rd. in Kennesaw.

The funeral for deputy Marshall Samual Ervin Jr. is scheduled for Sept. 15 from 12 - 2 p.m. with the service at 2 p.m. at the West Ridge Church located at 3522 Hiram Acworth Highway in Dallas, Georgia.

Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the days their families and friends will gather for funerals.

According to Cobb County officials, deputy Koleski served with the sheriff’s office in Cobb County for 15 years and was a U.S. Army veteran. Deputy Ervin Jr. served with the Cobb County Sheriff’s office for seven years.

Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens confirmed the two deputies were serving the warrant to arrest Christopher Cook in the driveway of a Marietta home when Christopher Golden confronted them with a gun. The deputies reportedly ordered Golden to drop the gun. He did not and there was an exchange of gunfire and both deputies were struck. One of the deputies was reportedly shot in the head and the other in the pelvic area. The deputy shot in the pelvic area died on the way to Kennestone Hospital.

Golden then barricaded himself inside the home.

Officials confirmed both men were married and Ervin Jr. was a father.

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According to neighbors in the area, more than a dozen agencies responded to the scene on 2474 Hampton Glen Court and a standoff ensued.

The standoff ended several hours later at around 12:15 a.m. Friday with the suspect taken into custody “without incident.” The other suspect was arrested near the area. The two were transported to Cobb County Jail.

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“When I saw that, I was thinking wow that’s terrible. It’s really sad. Anybody that does that is terrible,” one individual said. “I was really upset that happened.”

One local diner stepped up to help by offering free food to law enforcement officers.

“Anything that we can do for the community to try to give back because they’ve done so much for us,” Lauren Martin, co-owner of the West Cobb Diner previously told CBS46 News. “Let us thank you for everything you do and let us grieve with you.”

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“Today, we join our entire community in mourning the tragic loss of two Cobb County Sheriff’s Deputies killed in the line of duty,” said Robert G. Haley, Founder and Executive Director of Cobb Sheriff’s Foundation. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, the deputies who made the ultimate sacrifice, and their family and friends.”