Boone standoff: North Carolina man fatally shoots 2 deputies, parents

NEW RIVER, N.C. — The Watauga County sheriff said five people are dead in Wednesday's standoff in a Boone neighborhood.

NBC-affiliate WCNC said both K-9 Deputy Logan Fox and Sgt. Chris Ward were killed in the ambush. The suspect, along with his mother, father, were all found dead.

Ward and Fox were dispatched to a home in Boone at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday after the homeowner and his family didn’t report to work or answer telephone calls, the sheriff’s office said. They were hit by gunfire after entering the home, and while Ward was “extracted from the scene,” Fox remained inside, the statement said.

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