Dudley, North Carolina –Three Wayne County deputies were shot and killed while serving involuntary recognizance warrants in Dudley on Monday morning.
Joel Gillie, spokesman for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, said one deputy was at Wayne UNC Health Care while two were airlifted to ECU Health. The conditions of the deputies were not immediately known.
“At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the people in our department and their families as they deal with their hurts,” Gillie said.
The shooting occurred around 10:30 a.m. at a home in the 2500 block of Arrington Bridge Road. Heavily armed officers from the State Highway Patrol, WCSO and surrounding agencies continued to surround a home in the area at noon Monday.
Gillie said the suspect was still barricaded inside the home on Monday afternoon. Information on who filed the internment order and what weapons were used in the shooting has not been released.
The sheriff’s office did not release the names of the deputies shot or specify the severity of the injuries sustained by the deputies. It is not yet known who fired.
Chachi Torres said his son, Ramon Torres, was one of the deputies shot dead. He said he had a “bad feeling” when his phone went off on Monday morning.
“Usually I’d have my phone set up for any type of news, and I had a bad feeling…my phone went dead. I’m looking at it. Boom. Wayne County Sheriff’s Office [deputies] been shot. I call everyone and find out that one of them is my son.”
Chachi Torres said it was some of the worst news he could receive as a parent.
“I call my wife, I tell my wife, my daughter. We just got in the vehicle and we went straight to the hospital,” he said.
Ramon Torres is in good spirits, his father said.
“He’s in a bit of pain at the moment but he’s strong…He told us he didn’t want to see anyone, so I understand. He’s fine,” Chachi Torres said.
“I’m just praying for the other two [just] because my son is here, that does not mean [I] just worry about Ramon. We are worried about the other families.”
It’s normal for three deputies to serve involuntary recognizance, Gillie said, and the deputies had no prior history with the suspect.
According to the Gun Violence Archives, there have been six incidents in North Carolina this year where an officer was shot or killed. Nationwide, the database shows there have been at least 201.
Between January 1, 2019 and today, North Carolina has had at least 73 incidents in which an officer was shot or killed. This places our state eighth in the nation for such incidents during this period.
During this same period nationally, there were more than 1180 incidents. They increased over time. From 297 in 2019, 330 in 2020 and 360 incidents reported to GVA for 2021. At this point last year, 190 incidents have been reported, so we exceed it.