A trail of violence led to the murder of a dedicated officer and his dog Wednesday afternoon.
Jason Crisp, a U.S. Forest Service officer, died while trying to track down murder suspect Troy Whisnant in Burke County.
The Burke County sheriff said Thursday that the gunman ambushed the officer and his service dog after killing his parents days earlier.
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