Officer, suspect among 4 killed in Burke County

Deputy shooting

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — A trail of violence led to the murder of a dedicated officer and his dog Wednesday afternoon.

WSOC reported that U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp died while trying to track down murder suspect Troy Whisnant in Burke County.

The Burke County sheriff said Thursday that the gunman ambushed the officer and his service dog after killing his parents days earlier.

Officials said the day had started with the investigation of a double homicide. At about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, deputies were called for a welfare check at a home on Fish Hatchery Lane, according to authorities.

They found Levi and Rhonda Whisnant, Troy Whisnant’s father and stepmother, dead inside. Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant said authorities believe Whisnant killed his parents days earlier and was living in their house.

Deputies started looking for Whisnant and said he possibly stole two cars, including a blue wrecker that he crashed in the woods nearby.

A homeowner then called deputies and said a man was hiding in his shed on the same street.

Read full story: WSOC

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