Deputy Shot in Forest City Stand-off
Deputies trade gunfire with a man holed-up inside his house for 10 hours. When it finally ended early Tuesday morning, one deputy and the suspect had been shot.
The deputy was taken to a hospital in Charlotte, and the Sheriff in Rutherford County is asking the community to pray for him. Sheriff Francis says the was shot in the upper torso and facial area. The suspect, Kevin Marks, is also still in the hospital. The S.B.I. has been called in to investigate.
Oak Forest Drive in Forest City is described as a quiet street, but Monday night neighbors say it was anything but. "I noticed guns being drawn and assault rifles being pulled out so the wife and I ducked down got some clothes and went out through the back door through the woods," says neighbor Brandon Cochran.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office worked through the night to try and get 49 year-old Kevin Marks to surrender. He was barricaded inside the home with a shotgun. "We brought in a negotiator that's been successful in the past. The negotiator knew him and we thought he'd be able to talk him down," says Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis.
"They was letting him know they didn't want to hurt him and they didn't want him to hurt them," says neighbor Genese Gannon. But each time deputies would try to enter the home, Marks would open fire on them.
Several deputies were injured during the 10-hour standoff but one was shot twice. Three officers were treated on scene by EMS and released; one officer was treated at Rutherford Regional Hospital and released; one officer received gunshot wounds and was sent to Cleveland Regional and later transferred to Carolinas Medical in Charlotte.
"I do think that he's blessed to be in the condition that he is in. To take a shotgun blast from 10 to 15 yards the way that he did," says Sheriff Francis. Sheriff Francis says every time his deputies were shot at, they did return fire and during one of those exchanges Marks was hit in the torso.
But it would take help from the Henderson County Sheriff to bring him out of the home. "They assisted in deploying tear gas into the residence and he was able to come out and surrender," says Sheriff Francis.
Marks is in stable condition at Mission Hospital. The Sheriff says he was possibly under the influence of meth. The deputy's name is not being released at this time, but we do know he has been with the Sheriff's Office for 12 years.
By: Megan Schiering
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