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BREAKING: Deputy Shot During Manhunt For Gunman Wanted In Triple Shooting

Rutherford County, NC – A Rutherford County sheriff’s deputy was airlifted to a hospital early Thursday morning after he was shot by a fugitive who was wanted in connection with a triple shooting in Virginia.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) sent out an alert on March 29 regarding the search for 26-year-old Tiye Adam Washington, who was wanted out of Henrico County, Virginia, for a shooting that occurred on Mason Manor Drive one day earlier.

The victims in the Virginia shooting were all transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the RCSO.

Warrants were subsequently issued for Washington for three counts of malicious wounding and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The RCSO said in the alert that the Henrico County Police Department (HCPD) in Virginia notified them they had reason to believe Washington possibly fled to Rutherford County and that he should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

Deputies launched a search in the southeast region of Rutherford County with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations (NCSBI) and ultimately recovered Washington’s abandoned vehicle, but he was nowhere to be found.

Investigators said a RCSO deputy was shot by Washington at approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday as the search continued, Spectrum News reported.

The attack occurred in the area of Providence Road and Old Henrietta Road, according to WHNS.

Officials said Washington shot the deputy, at which point officers returned fire, WLOS reported.

Washington has been pronounced dead, but no further details were immediately released.

The wounded deputy was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Hospital, WHNS reported.

He underwent surgery and is expected to survive, according to WLOS.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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