Deputies shot in Randleman expected to make full recoveries

RANDLEMAN, N.C. — Randolph County Sheriff Maynard Reid Jr. on Tuesday identified the two deputies who were shot Monday afternoon during a traffic stop in Randleman.

According to Sheriff Reid, Detective Jonathan Chriscoe, 33, and Deputy Edward Slafky, 38, were shot in an exchange of gunfire with 36-year-old Jamey Lee Ashley after they stopped a Kia Rio near where U.S. 311 crosses with U.S. 220. 

The wounded deputies, who were both wearing protective vests, are expected to fully recover, Reid said.

Reid said Chriscoe initially stopped the Kia because it matched the description of one used in several break-ins across Guilford and Randolph counties.  Ashley was driving the Kia with two passengers inside, Reid said. 

Slafky responded to a call for backup from Chriscoe before any gunshots were fired, Reid said.  The two officers were questioning Ashley and the other occupants when Ashley shot them both, striking Chriscoe in the chest and Slafky in the chest and leg. 

Reid said both officers returned fire, but missed Ashley. 

After the shooting, deputies said Ashley ran into the woods.  He was arrested after a nearly 4-hour manhunt when a rescued pit bull mix named Abby started barking incessantly at the abandoned barn where he was found hiding. 

Before Ashley’s arrest, deputies said a handgun and shell casings were recovered near the scene of the shooting.

Ashley is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In a prepared statement, Reid called the suspect a “violent and dangerous felon.” Deputies said he was wanted in connection with a series of home invasions and serious assaults, including one involving an elderly woman.

“We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all of the agencies and personnel who helped with the capture of this violent and dangerous felon,” Reid said.

Ashley is being held in the Randolph County jail under a $5,251,000 secured bond.

Chriscoe, who Reid described as being in “satisfactory” condition, is a 10-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and a member of its Criminal Investigations Division and Emergency Response Team.  He was airlifted to UNC Chapel Hill Hospital after being taken by ambulance to Randolph Memorial Hospital. 

Slafky, who Reid described as being in “stable” condition, is a 7-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and a member of its Criminal interdiction Team and Emergency Response Team.  He was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being taken by ambulance to Randolph Memorial Hospital. 

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