BURNSVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) — A North Carolina state trooper was shot in Yancey County following a chase Tuesday afternoon.
According to North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the chase started in Mitchell County and ended in Yancey County.
N.C. State Highway Patrol says the trooper was trying to put out a tire deflation device around 4:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the area of U.S. 19 and Newdale Church Road in Yancey County when he was shot.
The trooper, Kevin Glenn, was airlifted to an area hospital with serious injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.
Glenn is a nine-year veteran of the state highway patrol assigned to Mitchell County.
North Carolina State Highway Patrol says the suspect, identified as 40-year-old Bobby Lee Byrd, Jr., died at an area hospital following a crash.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into the chase and shooting.