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Source: AP - AP Wire Service
Nov 20 05:25

LA GRANGE, N.C. (AP) _ A deputy in North Carolina was shot in the neck while responding to a domestic call, and the person suspected of shooting him has barricaded himself inside a home, a sheriff's office said.

The Lenoir County deputy was shot Thursday night outside a home in La Grange, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. The deputy was identified as Steven Key, 30, a K-9 officer.

According to the release, the shooter was standing in the yard of the home with his back facing the road when Key arrived. The shooter then turned around and fired at the deputy, striking him in the neck. The gunman wasn't immediately identified.

Key took cover behind his cruiser and called for backup. He was taken to a hospital in Kinston for treatment and released after midnight.

Law enforcement launched a search for the gunman that included evacuating the neighborhood where the shooting happened. Just before 3 a.m. Friday the sheriff's office said a standoff was underway with the shooter barricaded inside the home, either by himself or only with a dog.

AP-WF-11-20-20 1025GMT

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