Funeral Arrangements Announced For Watauga County Deputies Shot And Killed During Standoff
Funeral services for Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputies Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox, who were killed in the line of duty on April 28th, have been announced by Austin and Barnes Funeral Home.
Services for both deputies will be conducted at 3pm Thursday, May 6th at Appalachian State University’s Holmes Convocation Center at 111 Rivers Street in Boone, North Carolina.
Doors will open to the public at 1pm. All guests will be required to wear face coverings. The service will also be streamed on WCCB Charlotte’s CW’s website and social media pages.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Department, 184 Hodges Gap Road, Boone, N.C. 28607 to:
Candice Ward for Sgt. Ward
Tim Fox or Anneliese Moody for K-9 Deputy Fox
Police say the 13-hour standoff between officers and an active shooter in Watauga County ended at 11 p.m. on April 28th, after the suspect shot and killed two deputies, his mother, and his step-father.
K9 Deputy Logan Fox, who remained at the scene after being shot, has died from injuries he received in the standoff, and Sergeant Chris Ward died after being flown to a local hospital with a gunshot wound.
Police say the shooter suspected of killing the two officers is also accused of killing his own mother and step-father inside the home during the incident.
Deputies say they responded to the home of the shooting for a welfare check, after an employer called and said an employee living at the home had not shown up for work Wednesday morning.
Police say the two deputies shot and killed in this incident were ambushed by the suspect when they entered the home and headed to the basement.
The sheriff believes the suspect planned to take multiple people out, as they had a lot of guns in their possession.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper offered his condolences to the law enforcement community and the families of the two officers killed in the line of duty.
GoFundMe’s have been started for both families of the two fallen officers.
The investigation into this case remains active and ongoing.
Police remain at the scene of a fatal shooting in Watauga County as the shooter, responsible for the death of one deputy and the injury of another deputy, remains active.
Police say the suspect is periodically firing rounds in the direction of officers, while barricading in a section of the home.
Authorities say one officer, Sergeant Chris Ward, died after being flown to a local hospital for injuries he received in the fatal shooting, and one other officer injured in the shooting, K9 Deputy Logan Fox, remains on the scene. His condition remains unknown.
Law enforcement agencies across North Carolina have come together to support the ongoing standoff with police in Boone, N.C.
“This is an incredibly tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved as well as their families and our community,” said Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman. “I greatly appreciate the tremendous support we are receiving from law enforcement agencies across the region and the state.”
Original Story (4/28/21):
BOONE, N.C. — Police say two deputies were shot and wounded during a standoff on Wednesday in Watauga County.
One deputy has been flown to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment, and detectives say the other deputy remains on the scene and their condition is unknown at this time.
Police urge the public living near Brown’s Chapel area in Boone, N.C. to lock their doors and stay inside as this active situation develops.
Officers with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office say they responded to a call for a welfare check on April 28th around 9:45 a.m. at a home on Hardaman Circle in Boone, North Carolina, after the homeowner and his family did not attend work or answer any cell phone calls.
Deputies say they entered the home after finding all the vehicles belonging to the residents on the property, and this is when an unknown individual began shooting inside the home at police.
Police say two deputies received gunshot wounds when this individual began shooting, and the shooter remains active on the scene, barricaded in a section of the home.
Detectives say the shooter is periodically firing their weapon in the direction of officers, and at this time, law enforcement has the home surrounded and has evacuated nearby residents.