Sgt. Chris Ward Bio, Wiki
Sgt. Chris Ward, a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, was killed and another wounded in an hours-long standoff with a gunman who was later found dead in an apparent suicide, a report said. The wounded officer has been identified as K-9 Deputy Logan Fox.
A growing memorial paying tribute and honoring the late Sgt. Chris Ward who was killed in the line of duty while conducting a welfare checks. K-9 Deputy Logan Fox was also shot. We haven’t gotten an update on his condition. Praying for comfort and healing to these families. @wcnc pic.twitter.com/SXUjk0mOAL
— Hunter Sáenz (@Hunt_Saenz) April 29, 2021
Ward is from Sugar Grove, North Carolina. A look at his Facebook page shows that he was married and had children. His wife’s name is Candice Ward Boone, North Carolina and the two had been married since June 8, 2002. Ward studied at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute and for his high school, went to Watauga High class of 2002.
The Officers were responding to a Welfare Check
The shooting broke out when deputies responded to a home in Boone for a wellness check at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 28th after the family had not shown up to work.
When deputies arrived, all of the family’s cars were parked outside. The gunman opened fire when the officers entered the home. Sgt. Ward was shot and airlifted to a hospital, but could not be saved. K-9 Deputy Logan Fox was also struck by gunfire and was stuck inside the home for the remainder of the standoff, which finally came to an end at 11 p.m. His condition was not immediately clear.
Police would not comment Wednesday on the conditions of the other family members. “This is an incredibly tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved as well as their families and our community,” said Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman, according to the report.
Neighbor Clarence Wilson, 78, was outside on his porch when gunfire first erupted. “They told me to get back in the house and stay,” he told the newspaper. “We ain’t used to all this.”