BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — Family members are preparing to bury a U.S. Forest Service officer killed in the line of duty on Wednesday.
Officer Jason Crisp his K-9 were shot and killed while tracking murder suspect Troy Whisnant in Burke County.
Crisp and his K-9 “Maros” will be buried together.
“He was a great father, a great husband and a good Christian man,” Crisp’s Aunt Judy Johnson said. “And he loved his work. He was dedicated, very dedicated.”
Hi aunt told WSOC that Crisp wasn’t even supposed to be at work that day.
“He was called in because there was a gate that needed to be unlocked and he evidently had the key,” Johnson said.
Investigators now believe Crisp was shot at close range. He leaves behind a wife and two kids.
Investigators shot and killed Whisnant two hours after they say he shot Crisp.