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Heroes Down: Watauga County Sgt. Chris Ward And Deputy Logan Fox Murdered

Boone, NC – Watauga County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Sergeant Chris Ward and Deputy Logan Fox died in the line of duty on Wednesday after they were fatally shot while conducting a welfare check.

The gunman’s parents were also killed in the attack, WXII reported.

The incident began at approximately 9:44 a.m. on April 28 when Sgt. Ward and Deputy Fox, a K9 handler, responded to 553 Hardaman Circle to conduct a welfare check, The News Herald reported.

The welfare check was initiated after the homeowner and other residents who lived at the home didn’t show up for work and didn’t answer the phone, WBTV reported.

Authorities said that as soon as the deputies entered the home, somebody inside began shooting at them.

Sgt. Ward and Deputy Fox were both struck by the gunfire.

Two helicopters arrived on the scene quickly to transport the deputies to a trauma center, but only Sgt. Ward could initially be reached by rescuers.

Deputy Fox remained trapped inside the home with the gunman, The News Herald reported.

Sgt. Ward was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee, where he was pronounced dead.

WCSO said the gunman barricaded himself inside the residence and continued to take shots at deputies outside during the hours that followed, WBTV reported.

One bullet struck a Boone police officer’s helmet, and the protective gear saved his life, according to WBTV.

Morgantown Department of Public Safety (MDPS) Major Ryan Lander announced shortly before 11 p.m. that the shooter appeared to have fatally shot himself, The News Herald reported.

Appalachian State University Police Chief Andy Stephenson confirmed on Thursday morning that Deputy Fox had also succumbed to his wounds at the scene, the Watauga Democrat reported.

Investigators found the gunman’s mother and stepfather dead inside the home, according to WCNC.

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

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Chris Ward and Deputy Logan Fox, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Sergeant Chris Ward and Deputy Logan Fox, your lives mattered.

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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