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Henderson County deputy killed in line of duty

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office says Ryan Hendrix, 35, died after being shot in the face.
Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 8:52 AM EDT
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HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A deputy in Henderson County died in the line of duty.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department says Ryan Hendrix, 35, died after he was shot in the face while responding to a car break in around 2:50 a.m. on Thursday.

The sheriff’s department says a homeowner saw Robert Doss Jr. breaking into his car. Deputies say the homeowner and Doss shot at each other.

Doss later began shooting at deputies, striking Hendrix in the face. During the shootout, Doss was killed.

The sheriff’s office says Doss has a lengthy criminal record spanning multiple states.

Hendrix was taken to the hospital but later died. Deputies say Hendrix was a Marine veteran who had been with the sheriff’s department for eight years.

Hendrix’s family told the sheriff’s office, “Ryan was doing the job he was born to do and he died doing the job he loved.” He leaves behind a 6-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

Governor Cooper posted on Facebook, “Our thoughts are with his loved ones, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Dept. and the entire community.”

An investigation is ongoing.

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