One deputy was killed and a K-9 deputy was injured in a deadly 12-hour standoff Wednesday at a home in Watauga County. The deputies were shot while responding to a welfare check at a home on Hardaman Circle in Boone after the homeowner and his family did not go to work or respond to phone calls.
Sgt. Chris Ward, with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, died from his gunshot wounds after he was taken to Johnson City (Tenn.) Medical Center. Another deputy, K-9 deputy Logan Fox, was shot. Watauga County deputies have not released Fox’s condition. Deputies said as they entered the home for the welfare check, a person inside the home started shooting.
Officials say two medical helicopters were called in. One deputy, Ward, was flown out before he died. A second one, identified as Fox, remained at the scene.