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Funeral arrangements announced for deputies killed in Watauga County standoff

Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 4:10 PM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 7:31 AM EDT
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BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Funeral arrangements have been announced for two Watauga County deputies who were killed in the line of duty.

Services for Sergeant Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox will be this Thursday at Appalachian State University’s Holmes Convocation Center in Boone. Doors will open to the public at 1 p.m. before the service begins at 3 p.m.

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

Both deputies were doing a welfare check at 32-year-old Isaac Barnes home in Boone last Wednesday when they were shot and killed in a 13-hour standoff. Barnes is accused of killing the deputies, his mother, and stepfather before killing himself.

FRIDAY STORY

A procession was held for one of the two deputies killed during a 13-hour standoff in Watauga County Wednesday.

Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 officer Logan Fox were shot and killed. A procession for Fox was held Friday morning in Boone, according to WBTV.

WBTV reports Fox’s body is being taken from Boone to a hospital in Winston Salem for an autopsy.

Authorities say 32-year-old Isaac Barnes is accused of killing the deputies, as well as his mother and stepfather before killing himself.

The sheriff’s office was called to Barnes’ home Wednesday after he and his family didn’t appear at work or answer telephone calls. Family members expressed concerns about the large number of weapons Barnes had.

Deputies say the shooter remained barricaded inside the home during the hours-long standoff, while periodically shooting in the direction of officers. SWAT teams from across the state later came to assist.

WEDNESDAY STORY

Authorities say two North Carolina sheriff’s deputies were killed and three other people including a suspected gunman were found dead after a lengthy standoff.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the home in the Boone area Wednesday after the homeowner and his family didn’t appear at work or answer telephone calls.

Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Officer Logan Fox were shot when they entered the home.

Ward was extracted from the scene and died at a hospital. Fox died at the scene.

A sheriff’s statement says the individual suspected of killing the two officers also is suspected of killing two other people inside the home.

WEDNESDAY STORY:

Authorities say a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was shot and wounded during a standoff.

WGHP reports a Watauga County deputy was shot during the standoff in a neighborhood in the town of Boone, which is near the Tennessee border. No other details were available.

A spokesman for the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office didn’t immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment.

The Boone Police Department advised residents in the area to shelter in place. In addition to Boone police, deputies from Ashe and Wilkes counties are assisting, as are agents from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

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