Two deputies and three others, including a suspected gunman, were found dead after a lengthy standoff in North Carolina, Watauga County Sheriff’s office reports.
Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox were dispatched to a Boone home around 9:44 a.m. on Wednesday (April 27), after the homeowner and family members were reportedly not answering phone calls nor going to work. The two were met with gunfire. Fox died at the scene, while Ward was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, the suspected gunman who killed the two officers is also suspected of killing two people in the residence. Sheriff Len Hagaman later revealed they were the suspect’s mother and stepfather, per the Associated Press.
Other people living nearby were ordered to evacuate or told to shelter in place as the standoff lasted throughout the day and Wednesday night.
A Boone Police officer, a Boone firefighter and an Appalachian State University police officer were shot at during an initial attempt to rescue the deputies. Morganton Department of Public Safety Maj. Ryan Lander later reported that the suspect died by suicide just before 11 p.m. that night.
“This is an incredibly tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved as well as their families and our community,” Hagaman said. “I greatly appreciate the tremendous support we are receiving from law enforcement agencies across the region and the state.”
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