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Burke County, NC - A U.S. Forest Officer was shot and killed Wednesday in Burke County.

According to Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisnant, deputies were called to check on the welfare of a couple living at 5504 Fish Hatchery Road. When officers arrived, they found Levi and Rhonda Whisnant to be deceased and identified their son, Troy David Whisnant, as a person of interest in their deaths.

While at the homicide scene, the N.C. Highway Patrol arrived and told officers about two vehicle larcenies they were investigating nearby. Officers believed Troy Whisnant was connected to those larcenies, too.

After locating the second stolen vehicle off Old Table Rock Road, officers began tracking Troy Whisnant through the woods. A U.S. Forest Officer was fatally wounded by the suspect at that time.

Troy Whisnant was subsequently spotted in the woods again and ordered to drop his weapon. Whisnant fired at the officers who returned fire and fatally wounded him.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the Forest Officer's shooting and the State Bureau of Investigation is handling the shooting of the suspect by law enforcement.


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