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Video: N.C. Man Kills Forest Service Officer, K-9 During Manhunt

March 13, 2014  | 

VIDEO: N.C. Man Kills Forest Service Officer, K-9 During Manhunt

A Burke County, N.C., man killed a U.S. Forest Service officer and the officer’s K-9 partner Wednesday during a rampage that began with the murders of the man’s father and step-mother, authorities say. The suspect was killed by officers.

At around 9:30 a.m. Burke County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home of Levi and Rhonda Whisnant for a welfare check. Inside they found the couple’s bodies.

The discovery triggered a manhunt for the couple’s son Troy Whisnant, 38.

During that search, the suspect reportedly ambushed and killed U.S. Forest Service officer Jason Crisp and his K-9 Maros. Crisp and his dog had been assisting in the search.

Officers and deputies from around the area heard the "officer down" call and came to search for the suspect. Around 5 p.m. the suspect was located and shots were fired. The suspect was shot and killed by officers.

WSOC TV reports Troy Whisnant had been convicted of another Burke County killing in 1996. In that case, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was sentenced to three years in prison, but only served one.

Jason Crisp was a dedicated officer who served 10 years with the Forest Service.

The FBI and the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating both shootings.

Comments (6)

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Renee @ 3/13/2014 4:49 PM

Why was this POS even on the streets? So tragic. RIP Officer Jason Crisp and Maros!

Eric @ 3/13/2014 6:57 PM

RIP Officer Crisp, and your partner Maros..... Thanks to the officers who eliminated this waste of air. What is really shocking is that this bag of pus was convicted of manslaughter and spent only 1yr in prison, what a joke our legal system is.

kevcop @ 3/13/2014 9:40 PM

I agree, the tragic death of this officer and his K-9 is due to either a linnet Judge, poor prosecutor or poorly written laws that allow a 1Yr sentence for manslaughter. Now 3 more innocent people and a K-9 are dead. I hope the Judge and the prosecutor on the manslaughter case know what happened with this defendant and wise up. Sometimes I would like a Judge or lazy prosecutor to suffer at the hands of some convict who should be in prison and is not. We had an officer killed here this past week (Phx) by a man who was released from Prison in Jan 2014 and was already a suspect in an attempted homicide when he shot the officer(s), killing one of them. We killed him thank the Lord before others were hurt. I think we should remove protection from court buildings and let the judges take the same chance as we Officers do every day dealing with these scum bags, perhaps their "judicial" decisions would be more common sensed based. These judges are pompous chicken shits who hide behind robes a

Morning Eagle @ 3/14/2014 2:10 AM

Kevcop you make some very good points. Our so-called criminal justice system has been broken for decades and seems to be getting worse all the time. Much of that can be laid at the feet of weak prosecutors always looking for plea bargains so they don't have to do much more than file the case to get credit for another win. Very few judges, or jurors for that matter, have any "street" experience to help them appreciate what the real world of the criminal is like.
This POS had definitely earned the death penalty and it was a good job by responding officers to help him avoid having to endure the tortures of sitting on death row with free food and medical care, etc., for 20 years while his court appointed lawyers filed endless appeals so he could keep using our air.
R.I.P. Officers Crisp and Maros and may the families and friends of Jason eventually be able to find some peace after this senseless loss.

Greg @ 3/14/2014 3:27 AM

Whisnant was awaiting trial on charges of breaking and entering, hit and run, and drunk/drugged driving...and with a murder conviction, many drug convictions, attacking officers, hot-home robbery where sadly the homeowner only held him at gunpoint vs. ending his useless life...he was out on bond.


My sympathy to the officer and his K-9 partner.

S.S. @ 3/20/2014 4:58 AM

This p.o.s. was out!!!??? What the hell N.C.??? One damn year for killing another person and he gets a god damn year. What a f**ken joke. My thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Crisp. May you rest in peace and may GOD watch over you, your family, and your agency.

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