Cobb County

‘Didn’t deserve this:’ Friend of deputy killed in Cobb County remembers him

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A friend of one of two Cobb County deputies shot and killed while serving a warrant on Thursday night is remembering him.

Channel 2′s Justin Carter spoke with a former roommate of Deputy Jonathan Koleski.

Koleski, 42, and fellow Deputy Marshall Ervin Jr., 38, were serving a warrant in the Hampton Glen neighborhood when they were ambushed. Both men were shot and died from their injuries.

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Christopher Golden and Christopher Cook were arrested early Friday morning after an hours-long standoff.

Ervin joined the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office in 2012. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Koleski joined the office in 2007 and leaves behind a wife.


Matthew Shields lived with Koleski for two-and-a-half years before he moved out to get married.

“It’s just awful to hear,” Shields told Carter. “Jon was a good guy. He obviously didn’t deserve this.”

Shields said that during their time living together, the two men became good friends.

“He was a runner and I used to run too,” Shields recalled. “I remember I was really hungry one time, and I had a bag of pancakes sitting on the counter. He made me some pancakes after my run.”

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Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens Sr. said both men’s families are devastated and are in the beginning stages of making arrangements to honor their loved ones.