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Sheriff: North Carolina deputy fatally shot overnight, suspect still at large


Mark Schultz

The Charlotte Observer

A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed late Thursday night in eastern Wake County, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The shooting occurred near a gas station on Auburn Knightdale Road and Battle Bridge Road, reported ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner.

“It breaks my heart to report that a member of this office was fatally wounded sometime after 11 o’clock last night in the line of duty,” Sheriff Gerald Baker, his eyes red, said at a news conference Friday, asking for prayers.

“We will find who’s responsible for this loss,” Baker said.

The name of the deputy and the circumstances of the deputy’s death have not been released.

Recent shootings of NC deputies

Thursday’s shooting happened just a day after a Caswell County sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized with serious injuries after he was shot Wednesday while serving a domestic violence protective order in rural Semora, The News & Observer previously reported.

And one deputy was killed and two injured in Wayne County, 60 miles southeast of Raleigh, on Aug. 1 after they were shot while serving an involuntary commitment order inside a home, The N&O reported. The death of Sgt. Matthew Fishman, 38, was announced the next day in a Facebook post.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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