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Isaac Alton Barnes killed his mother, stepfather, and two deputies during an hours-long standoff in Watauga County Wednesday. A third officer was also shot in the standoff.
Deputies say Barnes is suspected of killing Sgt. Chris Ward, K-9 Deputy Logan Fox, Michelle Annette Ligon, and George Wyatt Ligon.
Barnes, who is the son and stepson of Michelle and George Ligon, died at the scene.
He was 32 years old.
North Carolina Standoff
The two deputies were shot while responding to a welfare check at home on Hardaman Circle in Boone after the homeowner and his family did not work or respond to phone calls. Deputies entered the residence after discovering all vehicles belonging to the residents were on the property.
The standoff began around 9:44 a.m. Wednesday and ended just before 11 p.m.
Watauga County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputy Logan Fox was shot and died at the scene, officials say. Sgt. Chris Ward died from his gunshot wounds after he was taken to Johnson City (Tenn.) Medical Center.
Deputy Logan Fox, 25, is a two-year veteran of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. He was a K-9 officer who handled Watauga County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Raven.” Before working at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time deputy, he served as a full-time deputy with the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Chris Ward, 36, is an eight-year veteran in the field of law enforcement. He married his high school sweetheart and is a father of two, ages 19 and 5. He began his career at the Beech Mountain Police Department in 2013, later moving on to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office said George Wyatt Ligon, 58, and Michelle Annette Ligon, 61, were killed Wednesday inside their home in Boone. A sheriff’s statement said the suspect, Isaac Alton Barnes, 32, was found dead at home and had many weapons.
Authorities said Barnes was suspected in the fatal shootings of two deputies dispatched to the home Wednesday. Sgt. Chris Ward died at a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee, after Wednesday’s shooting while K-9 Officer Logan Fox died at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.
Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman said family members had expressed concerns about a large number of weapons in Barnes’ possession. The sheriff added that he believed Barnes might have been contemplating an attack in public.
“There was familial concern that he might try to do something and he had evidently a fairly large cache of weapons and he was at the house, which we didn’t think he would be,” the sheriff said.
“I’m convinced that the attitude of the suspect was such that he was planning this, not particularly at the officers, but possibly the public in general,” Hagaman said. “The officers, they thought they were going into one situation, and the perpetrator, the suspect was there.”