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Sheriff: Rutherford Co. deputy hit by shotgun blast in meth-fueled standoff

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Investigators on scene of the Oak Forest Drive home where the standoff took place. (Aug. 5, 2014/FOX Carolina) Investigators on scene of the Oak Forest Drive home where the standoff took place. (Aug. 5, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Investigators on scene of the Oak Forest Drive home where the standoff took place. (Aug. 5, 2014/FOX Carolina) Investigators on scene of the Oak Forest Drive home where the standoff took place. (Aug. 5, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Investigators on scene of the Oak Forest Drive home where the standoff took place. (Aug. 5, 2014/FOX Carolina) Investigators on scene of the Oak Forest Drive home where the standoff took place. (Aug. 5, 2014/FOX Carolina)
A previous mug shot of Kevin Marks. (Source: Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office) A previous mug shot of Kevin Marks. (Source: Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office)
FOREST CITY, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A man high on meth got into a gun battle with deputies during an eight-hour standoff in Forest City, shooting one deputy with a shotgun shell, according to the sheriff.

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis said deputies were first called to a home on Oak Forest Drive at 7:48 p.m. on Monday where it was reported Kevin Clifford Marks, 49, was threatening the caller with a shotgun and was on meth.

The first responding officers were able to clear the home of everyone except Marks, who refused to come out and surrender his weapon, Francis said.

Deputies said Marks could be seen with a gun and the emergency response team was called in and tried to negotiate with Marks to put down his weapon and come out of the house.

Francis said deputies tried to enter the home about 11:30 p.m. to take him into custody for possession of firearm by felon and resist, obstruct and delay, but Marks fired several shots.

Some deputies suffered minor injuries from glass shrapnel, saying they were saved by their protective shields, Francis said. Marks quieted down for a while, refusing to talk to negotiators until early in the morning, according to Francis.

Francis said the negotiator knew Marks and even had family and friends call the home phone to try to get him to surrender during the standoff, to no avail.

Between 2:30 and 3 a.m., contact was made again with Marks, Francis said. But Marks began shooting again, with officers returning fire, injuring several Rutherford County deputies and the suspect, according to deputies. Francis said Marks would fire shots from inside the brick home then take cover as deputies returned fire. He said deputies would also have to take fire behind patrol cars as multiple rounds were shot at them during the ordeal.

During the gun battle, one deputy was struck with a shotgun blast from about 10 to 15 yards away, Francis said.

Deputies said three officers were treated on scene by EMS and released; one officer was treated at Rutherford Regional Hospital and released; and a fifth was taken to Cleveland Memorial Hospital then transferred to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Francis said he was in stable condition.

"We ask for prayers for him and his family," Francis said. "It's certainly a hard night for all of us at the sheriff's office. He'll never forget it. I do think that he is blessed to be in the condition that he is in."

About 4 a.m., Francis said the Henderson County SWAT team armored vehicle was on scene and tear gas was deployed, getting Marks to leave the home and take him into custody. Marks was taken to the Rutherford hospital before being transferred to Mission Hospital, but the extent of his injuries were not known, Francis said. He said Marks was shot in the torso.

Francis said the threats and incident was not directed at neighbors, but said drugs played a role in how it played out.

"I think that this man, under the influence of meth, made poor decisions," Francis said.

Francis said deputies, and himself, were familiar with Marks based on prior arrests.

The State Bureau of Investigation was called in to handle the case, and Francis said he was confident they would investigate it fully and file the appropriate charges against Marks.

The name of the deputy recovering from the shotgun blast has not yet been released.

The sheriff's office said on Tuesday evening that they were seeking warrants on Marks on the charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

They said the case is still under investigation.

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