Five people, including two sheriff’s deputies, were killed during an hourslong standoff in North Carolina, officials said Thursday morning.
Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox went to a home in Boone, about 102 miles northwest of Charlotte, on a welfare check around 9:45 a.m. ET Wednesday, according to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. Someone reported that the homeowner and his family had not shown up to work or answered any calls. The deputies identified all vehicles on the property in the 500 block of Hardaman Circle and entered the house.
That is when authorities said someone inside opened fire, striking both deputies and triggering a 13-hour standoff.
During an initial rescue attempt of the deputies, a Boone police officer was hit by gunfire, but was uninjured because he was wearing protective gear, the sheriff’s office said.
Ward died after he was taken to Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee, according to the agency. Fox died at the scene.
Three other people, including the suspected shooter, were found dead inside the home after the standoff ended around midnight, authorities said.
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