2 North Carolina sheriff’s deputies were murdered in the line of duty Wednesday through a thirteen-hour standoff, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday morning.A suspected gunman killed two others until he is believed to have killed himself. A nearby police officer was also shot in the head during an effort to rescue the fallen sheriff’s deputies, but an helmet saved his lifethe police officer was reportedly uninjured.
The events unfolded Wednesday at Boone, N.C., about one hour and a half west of Winston-Salem and close to the Tennessee border. According to The Associated Press:
The Watauga County Sheriff’s [O]ffice stated Sgt. Chris Ward and also K-9 Deputy Logan Fox were discharged to a house in Boone in 9:44 a.m. Wednesday after the homeowner and his household didn’t report to respond or respond phone calls. Both were struck by gunfire. Other officers were able to pull out Ward, who died at a hospital.
Fifteen separate law enforcement agencies allegedly responded to the spectacle. Images showed a massive law enforcement reaction.
Reporters also captured the lengthy and hard attempts to conserve the deputies who have been gunned down. Reports indicate the gunman would intermittently fire in the police during the ordeal.
The names of the other few victims have not yet been published, but local news reports suggest that the gunman shot his mom and stepfather. Charlotte, N.C. ABC affiliate WSOC-TV said police had been to the house where the shooting occurred over the weekend, but details of the encounter remain unclear.
Shocked officials at the rural county — complete population 56,000 — struggled to make sense of the chaos which enveloped their community.
“This is a remarkably tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved as well as their own families and our community,” Sheriff Len Hagaman stated in a widely reported statement. “I greatly value the tremendous support we are getting in law enforcement agencies across the area and the state.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been created for Ward’s kids.
Local residents also stopped by the sheriff’s department to pay their respects.
[image via screen capture in WXII-TV]
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