Funeral Thursday for two Watauga deputies killed

Two Watauga County Sheriff's Office deputies were shot and killed while responding to a call last week. Here's how to watch their funeral live on Spectrum News 1.


BOONE, N.C. — Flags in Boone are at half mast. Two Watauga County deputies were shot and killed last week in a standoff that left five dead.

Sgt. Chris Ward, 36, and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox, 25, were doing a welfare check when they were killed April 28.

The sheriff’s office said Isaac Alton Barnes killed his mother Michelle Annette Ligon, 61, and stepfather George Wyatt Ligon, 58, in the home before deputies showed up.

Barnes, 32, killed himself during the 13-hour standoff with police and deputies.

Fox had been with the Watagua County Sheriff’s Office for two years. He had previously served as a deputy in neighboring Ashe County.

Ward, a former police officer in nearby Beech Mountain, had been in law enforcement for eight years. He left behind a wife and two children, ages 5 and 19.

The deputies went to the home after the Ligon’s coworkers called 911 because they hadn’t shown up for work.

According to the sheriff, Fox and Ward knocked on the door and went into the house.

“They were walking from the main level downstairs. That’s when Mr. Barnes shot the officers,” Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman told Spectrum News 1.

Fox died in the home. A rescue squad with deputies and police managed to pull Ward from the house. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he later died from his injuries.

“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 said. “I greatly appreciate the tremendous support we are receiving from law enforcement agencies across the region and the state.”

Services for the deputies will take place at Holmes Convocation Center at 3 p.m., officials say. Prior to that, a processional is set to take place along Rivers Street. In lieu of flowers, officials say memorials may be made in care of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Department, 184 Hodges Gap Road, Boone, N.C. 28607, to:

●      Candice Ward for Sgt. Ward

●      Tim Fox or Anneliese Moody for K-9 Deputy Fox

Spectrum News 1 will cover the funeral live Thursday, with a half-hour special beginning at 2:30 p.m. You can watch the special coverage and the funeral live on the Spectrum News 1 app. 

 

 

 



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