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The memorial to the slain K-9 deputy in Franklin County was moved indoors

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LOUISBURG, NC (WNCN) — A memorial service for a slain Franklin County K-9 congressman was moved indoors Monday amid the threat of rain

That K-9 Major was killed when deputies were involved in a shootout with a suspect who was hiding under a house in Granville County on April 10, officials said.

A memorial service for Major, whose partner Cpl. Jamie Lariviere, is now scheduled to attend Monday at 11 a.m. in the Louisburg High School auditorium at 201 Allen Lane in Louisburg, lawmakers said.

A procession for Major is still scheduled to begin at 10:30am. The procession begins at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 285 T. Kemp Road. It then continues down Main Street and turns onto Allen Lane where the high school is located.

The under-house incident that killed Major stemmed from an armed car robbery a day earlier in the Antioch Road area, southeast of Oxford, the Granville County Sheriff’s Office said.

The next day, a suspicious fire was reported in the area around Antioch Road and West Antioch Drive, south-east of Oxford.

When authorities investigated the fire, they learned that the suspect in the armed robbery was hiding in a crawl space under a house, the press release said.

As officers approached the area, the suspect fired at deputies from under the house and the deputies returned gunfire, officials said.

Major was killed in the gunfight.

The suspect eventually surrendered and “an assault rifle” was found under the home, Granville County lawmakers said.

William Darius Eichelberger, 21, faces nine felony charges and is being held on a $1 million bond.

His charges are:

  • Assault on a Law Enforcement Agency K-9 – Crimes
  • Assaulting Police Officers with a Firearm – Crime
  • Burglary and/or burglary – crime (2 points)
  • Starting and boarding a motor vehicle – crime
  • Theft after burglary and burglary – crimes
  • Possessing a stolen firearm – Crime
  • Robbery with a dangerous weapon – crime
  • Possession of Stolen Goods/Property – Crime
  • Theft of a motor vehicle – crime

No one else was injured in the shooting.

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DUSTIN JONES

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