BURNSVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – A North Carolina state trooper was shot in Yancey County following a chase Tuesday afternoon.
North Carolina Highway Patrol said the chase started in Mitchell County and ended in Yancey County. Multiple business owners told 7NEWS there is a large police presence on Newdale Church Road in Burnsville N.C.
One witness said they could hear gunshots along the road. Highway patrol said the trooper was conscious and talking and was expected to be airlifted to an area hospital.
Tuesday evening, the NC Highway Patrol released a statement saying Trooper Kevin E. Glenn was in serious but stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
“A preliminary investigation has revealed that on Tuesday, December 14 at approximately 4:25 p.m., a member of the State Highway Patrol was shot while assisting an allied law enforcement agency during a vehicle pursuit. The shooting occurred as the member was preparing to deploy a tire deflation device near the area of US 19 and Newdale Church Rd. in Yancey County.
“Trooper Kevin E. Glenn, a nine-year veteran assigned to Mitchell County, was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect is not at large and there is no believed threat to the public at this time.
“This serves as a continued reminder of the dangers our Troopers face and the sacrifices they make for the communities they serve” said Colonel Freddy L. Johnson Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Now is the time to pray for Trooper Glenn, his family and our Patrol family during this difficult time.”
On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported the suspect’s vehicle then turned and was headed back toward Mitchell County, when it crashed. Authorities said the suspect, identified by the State Bureau of Investigations as Bobby Lee Byrd Jr., shot at deputies multiple times, prompting them to return fire. Byrd, 40, was shot and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.