Deputy shot, suspect killed who was accused of shooting 3

Rutherford Deputy Shot
Published: Mar. 29, 2023 at 6:29 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2023 at 4:07 PM EDT
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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was airlifted to the hospital after he was shot while searching for an armed and dangerous suspect wanted from Virginia.

Deputies said they encountered the suspect, Tiye Adam Washington II early on Thursday in the area of Providence Road near Old Henrietta Road.

Washington was wanted for a shooting that happened in Henrico County, Virginia on Tuesday night. It left three people hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Washington was charged with three counts of malicious wounding and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Tiye Washington II
Tiye Washington II(Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)

According to deputies, a shootout began while they tried to take Washington into custody. During the exchange of gunfire, a Rutherford County deputy was injured and Washington was killed. The deputy was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Hospital where he is expected to recover.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Western District Field Office has been requested to investigate and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an internal investigation.

Deputies said other people inside were inside the home at the time, but it is unclear whether they were connected to the incident.

Scene of shooting killing suspect and wounding deputy in Rutherford County, N.C.
Scene of shooting killing suspect and wounding deputy in Rutherford County, N.C.(FOX Carolina)

Neighbors described seeing drones, helicopters, an armored vehicle, officers in tactical gear and K-9s descend on the area.

Ray Nicholson said he couldn’t really sleep because of all the commotion outside so he was awake when gunfire broke out.

“I just heard a shot,” he said.

Another neighbor who declined to give her last name said she saw the shootout happen.

“When police converged down there, he came out of the house shooting,” Julie said.

She said although the accusations against Washington himself were disturbing, she feels sorry for his family.

“My heart goes out to his mother,” Julie said. “I could never imagine my child doing something like that to another person so, my heart goes out to her. His family too. Him – not so much.”