5 Dead Including Suspected Shooter And 2 Deputies Conducting A ‘Wellness Check’

Written by K. Walker on April 30, 2021

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While anti-police sentiment is being stoked by Democrats, activists, and the Corporate Media, law enforcement officers are still doing risking their lives doing their jobs.

An hours-long standoff in Boone, North Carolina ended in tragedy on Wednesday.

The names of deputies and the other three individuals that died have now been released.

The two Watauga County Sheriff’s deputies, K-9 Deputy Logan Fox and Sgt. Chris Ward, were dispatched to do a wellness check on a home in Boone, NC at 9:44am on Wednesday after the homeowner’s employer notified them that the individual didn’t show up to work and was not answer phone calls.

Both deputies were hit by gunfire. Fox died at the scene. Other officers were able to remove Sgt. Ward from the home and he later died at hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Isaac Alton Barnes, 32, is suspected of killing his mother, Michelle Annette Ligon, 61, and his step-father, George Wyatt Ligon, 58, deputies said. The parents had lived at the home where the standoff took place.

A Boone police officer also was hit by gunfire during an initial attempt to rescue the deputies, but he was uninjured due to his protective equipment, the statement said.

Morganton Department of Public Safety Maj. Ryan Lander told The News Herald just before 11 p.m. that the suspect appeared to have killed himself, the newspaper reported.

“This is an incredibly tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved as well as their families and our community,” Sheriff Len Hagaman said. “I greatly appreciate the tremendous support we are receiving from law enforcement agencies across the region and the state.”

Hagaman said he would call the shooting an ambush and said that the sheriff’s office got tips that Barnes was planning a shooting like this.

“We got calls from concerned folks that know him (Barnes) and they were just kinda giving us a heads up that this is what he’s thinking about doing and for us to be careful,” Hagaman said. “The issue is where we went – we didn’t think he was there and that was not the case.”

Here is the WFMY 2 report:

It was a massive standoff with multiple law enforcement agencies. Sheriff Len Hagman said that they had received calls that this could be a dangerous situation.

“We got calls from concerned folks that know him (Barnes) and they were just kinda giving us a heads up that this is what he’s thinking about doing and for us to be careful,” Hagaman said. “The issue is where we went – we didn’t think he was there and that was not the case.”

The sheriff’s office said officers from approximately 15 law enforcement agencies surrounded the home. Other people living nearby were evacuated or told to shelter in place as the standoff lasted throughout the day and Wednesday night.
Source: WYFF 4

The suspect’s cause of death has not been officially released, but an official told The News Herald in Morganton that it was an apparent suicide.

Fox was a two-year veteran and Ward was an eight-year veteran who was married to his high-school sweetheart and a dad of two.

“We grieve for Sgt. Chris Ward, K-9 Deputy Logan Fox and the entire Watauga County law enforcement community today after these tragic deaths in the line of duty,” [Gov. Roy] Cooper said. “These horrific shootings that claimed lives and loved ones show the ever-present danger law enforcement can encounter in the line of duty.”
Source: CNN

Gov. Cooper is right.

There is a rise in anti-law enforcment sentiment in America and there isn’t enough acknowledgement that these heroes put their lives on the line every single time they put on that uniform to protect and serve.

We need to remember them and honor them. They deserve it.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll