FOREST CITY, N.C. (WSPA) – A man wanted in connection with a triple shooting in Virginia is now dead and a Rutherford County deputy is in the hospital following a shootout early Thursday morning.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said they were searching for 26-year-old Tiye Adam Washington II when they found him in North Carolina.
When 7NEWS arrived to the scene Thursday morning, caution tape surrounded a home in Forest City, N.C. littered with bullet casings and placards as the multi-state investigation unfolded.
Tiye Washington was wanted in connection with a domestic-related shooting on Mason Manor Drive in Henrico County, Virginia just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Henrico Police.
Three people were shot, including two adult women and a minor, police said.
Washington had warrants for his arrest for three counts of Malicious Wounding and three counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.
Henrico Police said the victims were being treated at an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said it was contacted by the Henrico County Virginia Police Division Wednesday. Investigators had reason to believe Washington was traveling to the Rutherford County area.
Deputies said they had found suspect’s vehicle Wednesday but he remained at large. Multiple schools were also put on lockdown as a precaution.
Rutherford County deputies, along with members of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Apprehension Team, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Forest City Police Department, ATF, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Rutherfordton Police Department, and the Rutherford County Fire Marshal’s Office later conducted a search for the suspect in the Chase Community of Rutherford County.
Deputies said law enforcement encountered Washington in the area of Old Henrietta Road and Providence Road in Forest City. During an exchange of gunfire, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured. Washington was injured and later pronounced dead at the scene.
The injured deputy was airlifted to Spartanburg Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. He is expected to be okay.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.
The sheriff’s office has not yet released the names of deputies involved in the shooting.