(Reuters) – Two sheriff’s deputies and at least three other people were shot dead in a home in North Carolina‘s Blue Ridge Mountains, authorities said Thursday. Officers were shot Wednesday after arriving at a home in the city of Boone to conduct a “wellness check” after the landlord’s employer called to report he did not show up for work, the County Sheriff’s Office said. Wataugh in a statement. They immediately faced what turned into a 13-hour standoff between the gunman and police, he said. “Upon entering the home, two Wataugh County Sheriff’s Deputies received gunshot wounds from an unknown individual inside the residence,” authorities said. The officers were identified as K-9 Rep. Logan Fox, who died at the scene, and Sgt. Chris Ward, who died after being airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment, the sheriff said. Other law enforcement officers who rushed to the scene were able to get Ward out of the home, but the wounded Fox remained in the home during the ensuing confrontation, local media reported. The gunman was among the five killed in the shooting incident, according to reports. The suspect was described as a son who killed his mother and father, local media reported. “The individual suspected of killing the two officers is also suspected of having killed two civilians at the residence,” the sheriff’s statement said, noting that the names would not be released immediately. The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for information about the gunman and who else was killed besides the officers. “This is an incredibly tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved, as well as their families and our community,” said Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman. The shooting is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
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