Boone, NC – Two Watauga County sheriff’s deputies were murdered during a 13-hour standoff on Wednesday.
One of the wounded deputies remained trapped inside the home with the barricaded shooter until the gunman fatally shot himself late Wednesday night, Morgantown Department of Public Safety (MDPS) Major Ryan Lander told The News Herald shortly before 11 p.m.
The incident began at approximately 9:44 a.m. on April 28 when Watauga County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Sergeant Chris Ward and Deputy Logan Fox, a K9 handler, responded to 553 Hardaman Circle to conduct a welfare check, according to police.
The welfare check was initiated after the homeowner and other residents who lived at the home didn’t show up for work and didn’t answer the phone, WBTV reported.
Authorities said that as soon as the deputies entered the home, somebody inside began shooting at them.
Sgt. Ward and Deputy Fox were both struck by the gunfire.
Two helicopters arrived on the scene quickly to transport the deputies to a trauma center, but only Sgt. Ward could be reached by rescuers.
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Deputy Fox remained trapped inside the home with the gunman, The News Herald reported.
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