Radio traffic reveals what happened shortly after the Wake Co. congressman was shot dead

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Late Thursday evening, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker said K-9 Deputy Ned Byrd had begun patrolling the Battle Bridge and Auburn Knightdale Roads area.

Baker said Byrd did so after receiving a series of calls. He also said he got out around 11:05 p.m. to look for some kind of “suspicious activity.”

“The dog was still in the vehicle, which tells us that what he let out didn’t appear to pose any kind of threat or required any necessity from his partner,” Baker said.

He continued, “We believe he made contact with someone and got out of his car to investigate this suspicious activity.”

About two hours later, at 1:06 a.m., a call came in.

“Deputy Byrd is laid out.”

Byrd was found by another deputy.

Within minutes, first responders rushed to the area.

More calls came through the radio traffic.

“I need someone to shut down Auburn and Battle Bridge.” – 1:11 am

“You have a backup shot.” – 1:12 a.m

“Send EMS. We brought down an officer.” – 1:13 am

Baker said Byrd was shot multiple times and was wearing protective gear. He also said there was no indication Byrd called for help.

Around 1:14 and 1:16 calls go out to seal off the scene.

“Turn him off! Don’t let anyone (in) except police officers and medical personnel.”

A perimeter was set up shortly afterward while investigators searched for a suspect and leads.

On Friday night, CBS 17 spoke again to Baker, who was at the scene.

“Anyone who has made the decision or is making the decision to harm someone, including law enforcement… They have to be accountable for those things,” he said.

Baker told CBS 17 Friday that there was dash cam video of Byrd’s vehicle, but didn’t elaborate on any leads the department might have. Radio traffic reveals what happened shortly after the Wake Co. congressman was shot dead

Dais Johnston

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