Authorities shot and killed a 38-year-old North Carolina man suspected of killing his parents and a U.S. Forest Service officer, ending a manhunt through a heavily-wooded area, WCNC-TV reported on Wednesday.
Troy Whisnant reportedly died after exchanging gunfire with two state troopers and an Avery County sheriff’s deputy who were searching for him in connection with the deaths of Levi and Rhonda Whisnant. The suspect’s parents were found dead at their home near Morganton earlier that day.
Not only was Troy Whisnant quickly found to be a person of interest in the two deaths, the state Highway Patrol was also reportedly searching for him in connection with two vehicle thefts. One of the vehicles was found near his parents’ home.
“We thought that we had him confined,” Burke County Sheriff Sheriff Steve Whisenant told the Charlotte Observer. “We set up roadblocks on all the arteries, and we pretty much had him confined to a mile radius.”
After abandoning the vehicle, Whisenant allegedly shot and killed 38-year-old Forestry Service Officer Jason Crisp and his K-9 partner, Maros around 3 p.m. The suspect allegedly took Crisp’s weapons and continued his attempt to escape before being shot and killed a short time later.
Watch WCNC’s report, aired on Wednesday, below.