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Fundraiser for families of NC deputies killed in standoff raises more than $270,000

Sgt. Chris Ward, left, and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox were killed while responding to a welfare check in Boone in April. Three other people including the suspected gunman were found dead after a lengthy standoff. (Photos: Watauga County Sheriff's Office via AP)

BOONE, Watauga County — A fundraiser established for two North Carolina deputies shot to death in a standoff in Boone in April has raised more than $270,000.

Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Officer Logan Fox were killed on April 28 while answering a welfare check call that led to a 13-hour stand-off.

Officials said Sgt. Ward was shot by the barricaded suspect and died later in the day after being air-lifted to a nearby hospital. He left behind a wife and two children, ages 19 and 6. Deputy Logan Fox was also shot by the suspect and was killed; investigators said several hours passed before his body could be retrieved from the home.

In this image taken from video Wednesday, April 28, 2021, law enforcement work the scene of a fatal shooting outside a home in Boone N.C. Two deputies were killed and three other people including a suspected gunman were found dead after the lengthy standoff in North Carolina, a sheriff's office said Thursday, April 29. (WSOCTV via AP) Back the Blue leaders said the organization will place the $273,149 raised into a trust fund for Sgt. Ward's children and the money raised for Deputy Fox will go to his family and fiancée. Back The Blue NC will present the checks, along with memorial plaques, to family members of both Sergeant Ward and Deputy Fox as well as to representatives of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

The organization will continue to raise funds for future law enforcement needs throughout the State of NC. Donations can be made online on the Back The Blue NC website.

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