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Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd was shot to death in the line of duty Thursday night, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.
WNCN reports that Byrd was outside his car near Battle Bridge and Auburn Knightdale roads in Raleigh shortly after 11 p.m. when he was shot.
“It breaks my heart to report that a member of this office was fatally injured,” said Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker. “We will find who is responsible.”
Byrd served the county for 13 years, first as a detention officer before becoming a deputy.
Sheriff Baker asked for prayers and patience as they continue to investigate what happened.
Former Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said he served alongside Byrd.
“He was a detention officer to me, his goal was to be a deputy,” Harrison told WNCN. “He was a happy person and I was a happy person to him. That’s what makes it so difficult.”
This shooting occurred just one day after a man shot and wounded Caswell County Deputy Arran Tyndall while he was serving domestic violence papers.Byrd, 48, of Raleigh, was shot near Battle Bridge and Auburn Knightdale roads in Raleigh just after 11 p.m. Thursday, Sheriff Baker said. In a 12:30 p.m. update on Friday, Baker said deputy Byrd was outside of his vehicle at the time of the shooting and his K-9 remained inside the patrol vehicle.
Last week, Wayne County Deputy Sgt. Matthew Fishman died in the line of duty.
Baker said the elapsed time was not an extreme amount of time, but it was “enough to check on his well-being.”
“We monitor officers throughout the county and every car is equipped to track where they are,” Baker said.
Officer Byrd was wearing his protective gear and was shot more than once, Baker added. Asked if there was any body camera or car footage that could help find the shooter, Baker said, “There’s vehicle camera footage of him to help us.”
The search for the person who pulled the trigger continues more than 12 hours after the shooting.
Baker said Byrd had been a “very dedicated and committed man” who spent 13 years serving Wake County, first as a detention officer before becoming a deputy. Sheriff Baker asked the community for prayers and patience as the sheriff’s office continues to investigate what happened.
Former Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison has weighed in on the tragic loss of Byrd, whom he served alongside.