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      Police Officer and K9 Killed During North Carolina Manhunt

      NORTH CAROLINA (KPTM)- The search for a double homicidesuspect ended in the murder of a dedicated officer and his K9 dog.

      Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp,39, of Marion and his dog, Maros, were killed during the manhunt for Troy DavidWhisnant, 38. The search for Whisnant started around noon Wednesday, just northof Morganton, North Carolina.

      The Burke County Sheriff saiddeputies were asked to check the home of a local a couple. The woman living atthe residence had not been seen by her co-workers since last Friday. Whendeputies arrived at the home they found the bodies of Levi and Rhonda Whisnant.Investigators think the couple was killed days earlier. Stolen vehiclesprompted authorities to look for the couple's son, Troy Whisnant.

      Before he was an officer at the U.S.Forest Service Office in Nebo, Officer Crisp was a McDowell County deputy.Officer Crisp began working at the McDowell County Sheriff's Office in 1997. Ayear after joining the force, he was hired on as a full-time employee. OfficerCrisp left the sheriff's office in 2004 to go work for the U.S. Forest Service.

      Sheriff Dudley Greene says news ofOfficer Crisp's death was heartbreaking. "We've lost a dear friend, Andyou know all these feelings hit you at one time and it is a hard thing to thinkthrough and get your mind wrapped around," said Sheriff Dudley Greene.Sheriff Greene said he's never met anyone more dedicated to his job and that'swhy he wasn't surprised to hear that Officer Crisp volunteered to help BurkeCounty deputies track down Whisnant.

      The mountains saluted the localofficer this afternoon. The body of Officer Crisp was escorted home to McDowellCounty by federal, state and local law enforcement. Other emergency respondersand drivers stopped to watch the procession and pay their respects.

      Read More at: http://www.wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_police-officer-k9-killed-during-manhunt-15492.shtml

      The search for a double homicide suspect ends in the murder of a dedicated officer and his K9 dog.Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp, 39, of Marion and his dog, Maros, were killed during the manhunt for Troy David Whisnant, 38.The search for Whisnant started around noon Wednesday, just north of Morganton. The Burke County Sheriff said deputies were asked to check the home of a local a couple. The woman living at the residence had not been seen by her co-workers since last Friday. When deputies arrived at the home they found the bodies of Levi and Rhonda Whisnant. Investigators think the couple was killed days earlier. Stolen vehicles prompted authorities to look for the couple's son, Troy Whisnant.Before he was an officer at the U.S. Forest Service Office in Nebo,Officer Crisp was a McDowell County deputy. Officer Crisp began workingat the McDowell County Sheriff's Office in 1997. A year after joiningthe force, he was hired on as a full-time employee. Officer Crisp leftthe sheriff's office in 2004 to go work for the U.S. Forest Service. Sheriff Dudley Greene says news of Officer Crisp's death was heartbreaking."We've lost a dear friend, Andyou know all these feelings hit you at one time and it is a hard thingto think through and get your mind wrapped around," said Sheriff DudleyGreene.Sheriff Greene said he's never met anyone more dedicatedto his job and that's why he wasn't surprised to hear that OfficerCrisp volunteered to help Burke County deputies track down Whisnant.Themountains saluted the local officer this afternoon. The body of OfficerCrisp was escorted home to McDowell County by federal, state and local law enforcement. Other emergency responders and drivers stopped to watch the procession and pay their respects.

      Read More at: http://www.wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_police-officer-k9-killed-during-manhunt-15492.shtml
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