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Two Caldwell NC county deputies were shot last night while answering a call and one of the officers died early today.
The two men were dispatched to a house to investigate why someone called 9-1-1, and then hung up.
It appears the call was a set-up for an ambush. When they arrived, the deputies were shot as they got out of their cars.
The name of the officer who died has not been released. The other deputy was treated and released. His bullet-proof vest is credited with saving his life.
State and local officials are searching a wooded area about five miles out of Lenoir for the suspect.

A manhunt was under way in Caldwell County on Saturday for the person who shot two deputies overnight.One of the deputies died and the second was injured.Investigators said shots were fired when deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call.
The injured deputy was shot in the chest, but was saved by his bulletproof vest.The deadly shooting came on the heels of another double shooting last week. Two SWAT team members escaped serious injury from that incident.Now, the police department is mourning."As you can imagine, we're dealing with a lot of emotions in our department as we go through this," a police officer said.

On September 10th two members of the same department's SWAT Team were shot while executing a warrant. They and the assailant who was also shot are still recovering from wounds.

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- More than 50 officers and SWAT team members are searching for a gunman who shot two deputies late Friday night. One of those deputies died after what police are calling an ambush.Two deputies were shot in Caldwell County Friday night. Eyewitness News has learned that one of those deputies died.Authorities said it started at around 9:15 p.m. Adam Klutz and Lt. Chris Martin responded to a 911 hang-up call from the Oak Hill community east of Lenoir.Once the deputies arrived at the home on Fox Winkler Road, shots rang out in what authorities described as an ambush. Authorities said Klutz was getting out of the patrol car when he was shot. Klutz sustained a head injury. Martin was shot three times in the chest, but was saved by his bullet-proof vest.Klutz died at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Martin was treated and released from Caldwell Memorial Hospital.Authorities said they believe the shooter is Skip Brinkley, an Iraq War veteran. More than 50 officers, including SWAT teams from Catawba County and Burke County, are searching the area for the Brinkley. Authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous.Authorities are telling people living in the area in Caldwell County to be wary until Brinkley is captured.

Right now, investigators from a number of police agencies are looking for Larry Wayne Brucker, Jr. He is more commonly known in the area as Skip Brinkley. He is described as having blonde hair, a goatee and green eyes. He is 5'8", medium build and was last seen wearing a grey Carhart Tee Shirt, brown work pants and a farm bureau hat. Brucker is considered to be armed and dangerous.

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North Carolina Deputy Slain; Ex-Officer Sought

The Charlotte Observer, N.C.

LENOIR, N.C. -- The man accused of fatally shooting a Caldwell County sheriff's deputy is a former S.C. police officer with Army Ranger training who continued to elude authorities Sunday.
All day, hundreds of federal, state and local investigators searched unsuccessfully in woods off winding roads for Larry Wayne Brucke Jr., an Iraq War veteran, who recently changed his name to Skip Brinkley. Authorities described him Sunday as "very dangerous." He is accused of shooting Det. Adam Klutz in the head after he responded to a 911 hang-up call about 9:40 p.m. Friday. Klutz died early Saturday.
Lt. Chris Martin, who arrived moments later to back up Klutz, also was shot three times. He was spared serious injuries by his bullet proof vest.
Authorities Sunday said they believe Brinkley is armed at least with an assault rifle and he is now believed to be on foot or in a vehicle. After two days of searching, they had found no evidence indicating he was nearby. They said they weren't sure if he had been injured when Martin returned fire.
There were initial reports that he possibly rode off on a horse from the farm he lives on at Fox Winkler Road. But that horse was accounted for on Sunday, said Det. B.J. Fore, a spokesman for the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators declined to provide a recording of the 911 hang-up call and other calls possibly made after the shootings. They also couldn't say whether there had ever been reports of trouble at the home nestled among rolling hills off N.C. 64.
Dozens of police vehicles blocked access to the area Sunday where volunteers turned the Oak Hill Community Ruritan Club into a makeshift dining hall for searchers. Residents rolled out homemade pies while others grilled burgers and served fries to heavily-armed deputies with camouflage-painted faces.
By nightfall, authorities halted the search operation. But today there will be additional security at the nearby Oak Hill Elementary school and armed officers riding school buses, officials said.
"We're talking about a very dangerous person," Fore said.
He declined to give any details about what may have prompted the 911 call. Brinkley's fiancee and two children who were in the home at the time, were not injured, Fore said.
He used to patrol the area and said he wasn't familiar with Brinkley, who had been in Caldwell County only for about a year.
Brinkley grew up in Walhalla, S.C., west of Greenville. His father, Larry Wayne Brucke Sr. told WCNC-TV, the Observer's news partner, that he joined the Army right out of high school. He served at Fort Campbell, Ky., and in Iraq as an infantry soldier from 2004 to 2006. Authorities couldn't specify when he received Ranger training, or whether he completed it.
Authorities could not confirm whether Brinkley was honorably discharged or confirm whether he was injured during his Iraq service.
In addition to his military training, Brinkley completed basic law enforcement training in North Carolina and served as a police officer in Seneca, S.C., before joining the National Guard. His father told WCNC he served about a year in the Guard before getting out. His father said he was not aware of any troubles during Brinkley's military service.
Brinkley, who only recently changed his name, had been working most recently as a part-time truck driver and had a large construction project underway behind the home on Fox Winkler Road.
Relatives in Lenoir did not comment Sunday.
Friday's shooting was the second time recently that a suspect took aim at members of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. Earlier this month, two deputies were shot while serving a search warrant. The deputies, who were wearing bulletproof vests, weren't seriously hurt.
"This has been a rough few weeks for this department," Fore said. "Our department is hurting, but we are carrying on with this investigation, out of pride and for Adam."

Story From: McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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Search For North Carolina Officer's Killer Continues

A community is preparing to say its final farewell to an officer gunned down over the weekend.
A horse-drawn procession will honor Adam Klutz Tuesday afternoon. It will precede the visitation for Klutz at the Mountain Grove Baptist Church south of Lenoir. The visitation is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
A memorial service is set for Wednesday for Klutz at the church as well.
Deputies continue to search Caldwell County for Skip Brinkley, who is accused of shooting and killing Klutz Saturday. Brinkley is also accused of shooting another deputy, Chris Martin. Martin was wearing a bullet-proof vest.
For the second day in a row, security will escort school buses to schools, as the shooting happened about one mile away from the buildings.
On Tuesday, deputies said they believe Brinkley is still in the area. Authorities continue to follow every lead that comes into their office.
Anyone with information on Brinkley’s whereabouts is urged to contact police.

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LENOIR, N.C. — The man authorities believe killed a North Carolina sheriff's deputy last weekend has been found dead on his property.
WSOC-TV reported that Skip Brinkley's body was found Wednesday as several hundred law enforcement officers combed his property near Lenoir. Officials said his death was caused by a self-inflicted wound.
Police had mounted a massive search during the week, operating aircraft night and day and delploying officers from several agencies into areas east of Lenoir to comb woods and fields and search buildings.
Caldwell County sheriff's deputy Adam Klutz was fatally shot in the head Sunday while responding to a 911 hang-up call from Brinkley's home. The 25-year-old Klutz died early Saturday morning. Another deputy was saved by his bulletproof vest.
The 32-year-old Brinkley, who also went by the name Larry Wayne Brucke Jr., was a former officer and Iraq War veteran. Officials said he fled shortly after the shooting.
A memorial service for Klutz was held Wednesday afternoon.
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