Man Shot In Bed By SWAT Officer In Burke County Located And Arrested After Walking Out Of Medical Facility

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Authorities say Johnny Kaylor was located and arrested with a firearm in Catawba County by the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office on June 7th, after previously walking out of the medical center where he was receiving medical treatment.

Kaylor had a medical condition for which he was transported by EMS to Catawba Valley Medical Center and then transferred to Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem.

According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, deputies remained with Kaylor 24 hours a day at Baptist Hospital.  Following Kaylor’s discharge from Baptist Hospital, he was taken to appear before a Burke County magistrate to face charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Trafficking Opium Or Heroin, Trafficking In Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent To Sell Or Deliver Methamphetamine, Maintaining A Vehicle Or Dwelling For A Controlled Substance, Possession Of Marijuana, and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.

Kaylor received a secured bond of $40,000  and was bonded on the morning of June 11th. Kaylor has a first appearance court date in NC District Court, Morganton, on June 12th, 2019.

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The Burke County Sheriff’s Office says 50-year-old Johnny Kaylor left an out-of-county hospital on June 3rd, without a medical release, while awaiting “significant medical treatment”.

Authorities say they were waiting for Kaylor to be medically cleared before he was to be incarcerated on charges including Possession of a firearm by a Felon, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Officials say Kaylor should be considered armed and dangerous.  Citizens who come in contact with Kaylor are asked not to confront him but to call law enforcement authorities.

Investigators are asking anyone with any information regarding Kaylor whereabouts is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333.

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Investigators have identified the suspect who was shot by a Burke County SWAT officer while being served with a warrant.  Johnny Kaylor, 50, is currently in critical but stable condition after being shot in his bed.

Authorities say they found a Ruger semi-automatic handgun, 273 grams of Methamphetamine, an assortment of prescription medications and a small amount of marijuana during the search of Kaylor’s mobile home, according to a news release.

The DEA says the street value for the meth is $27,300.  Authorities also say the handgun and meth were located beside the bed that the suspect was in during the shooting, according to a news release.

The SBI is continuing their investigation into the officer involved shooting and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation of the drug charges.  Kaylor has not yet been served with any criminal charges at this time.

Read below for full details on the shooting.

Original Story (Posted: May 22, 2019):

HICKORY, N.C. — A Burke County SWAT Officer shot a man after investigators served a no-knock search warrant at a Hickory residence, on Wednesday morning, according to the Burke County Sheriff’s Department.

On Wednesday morning, Burke County Narcotics Investigators issued a no-knock search warrant at a mobile home located on Airport/Rhodhiss Road.

The warrant was issued with knowledge that the suspect and possibly other people in the residence had firearms in the home and on their persons.  After Burke County SWAT entered the residence, the suspect’s girlfriend was escorted out of the mobile home.

Investigators say the suspect refused to get out of a bed or show officers his hands, which were obscured by covers, despite the officers’ commands.

After the suspect made numerous threats to kill the officers or make the officers kill him, the suspect quickly moved his hands under the covers, at which point a SWAT Officer shot him, according to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say officers and the SWAT medic immediately rendered aid and that Burke County EMS responded quickly, as they had been staged nearby.  The suspect was airlifted to a medical center, but no word about his condition has been given.

The Burke County Sheriff requested the SBI investigate the situation and the SWAT officer was placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

Authorities say no officers were injured in the incident.