BOONE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was killed and another wounded in a taking pictures that prompted a standoff. The suspect apparently killed himself hours later, and authorities didn’t instantly launch the situation of the wounded officer.
Watauga County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Ward and Ok-9 Deputy Logan Fox have been dispatched to a house in Boone at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday after the house owner and his household didn’t report back to work or reply phone calls, the sheriff’s workplace stated. They have been hit by gunfire after getting into the house, and whereas Ward was “extracted from the scene,” Fox remained inside, the statement said.
Morganton Department of Public Safety Maj. Ryan Lander told The News Herald just before 11 p.m. that the suspect appeared to have killed himself, the newspaper reported.
Sheriff Len Hagaman said Ward died at a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee. He didn’t immediately release information about Fox.
“This is an incredibly tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved as well as their families and our community,” Hagaman stated. “I greatly appreciate the tremendous support we are receiving from law enforcement agencies across the region and the state.”
The sheriff’s workplace stated officers from roughly 15 regulation enforcement companies surrounded the house. Other individuals dwelling close by have been evacuated or informed to shelter in place because the standoff lasted all through the day and Wednesday evening.
Clarence Wilson, 78, was on his porch when deputies pulled up in entrance of the home throughout the road. Gunfire erupted after the deputies arrived, Wilson stated.
“Then they told me to get back in the house and stay,” he stated.
Wilson stated he later noticed deputies pull a person from the home.
“I don’t know if it was a deputy or who it was,” he stated. “I was just worried about keeping myself safe.”
Wilson stated he heard a second barrage of gunfire round midday as the home remained surrounded.
He stated it’s a “real quiet neighborhood” with many retirees like himself.
“We ain’t used to all this,” he stated.