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Wake County Deputy Sheriff Ned Byrd was shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday night, according to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.
Bird was outside his car when he was shot near Battle Bridge and Auburn Knightdale Road in Raleigh shortly after 11 p.m., WNCN reported.
“It breaks my heart to report that a member of this office was mortally wounded,” Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker said. “We’ll find those responsible.”
Bird served the county for 13 years, first as a detention officer and later as 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 with Bird.
“He’s a detention officer to me, and his goal is to be a deputy,” Harrison told WNCN. “He’s a happy guy, and I’m a happy guy for him. That’s what makes things so difficult.”
The shooting comes a day after a man shot and injured Caswell County Deputy Mayor Alan Tindall while serving domestic violence documents. Bird, of Raleigh, was shot near Battle Bridge and Auburn Knightdale Road in Raleigh just after 11 p.m. Thursday, Sheriff Baker said. In a 12:30 p.m. update Friday, Baker said Deputy Bird was outside his car when the shooting occurred and his K-9 was still in the patrol car.
Last week, Wayne County Deputy Sgt. Matthew Fishman died in the line of duty.
The elapsed time was not an extreme one, but “sufficient to check his health,” Baker said.
“We monitor officers across the county, and every vehicle is equipped with equipment to track where they are,” Baker said.
Baker added that Officer Bird was wearing his protective gear and was shot more than once. Asked if there were any body cameras or car footage that could help find the shooter, Baker said, “Had his car camera footage could help us.”
The search for whoever pulled the trigger continued for more than 12 hours after the shooting.
Baker said Bird was a “very dedicated and loyal man” who served Wake County for 13 years, first as a detention officer and later as a deputy. Sheriff Baker asked the community to pray and be patient as the sheriff’s office continues to investigate what happened.
Former Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison weighed in on the tragic loss of Byrd, who served with him.