Procession pays tribute to fallen officer Jason Crisp

by: Dave Faherty Updated:

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BURKE COUNTY, N.C. - Law enforcement officers and firefighters from all over the area lined the bridges up and down Interstate 40 along with dozens of drivers who pulled over to pay their respects to the fallen officer.

U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp and his K-9 Maros were killed while tracking a homicide suspect in Burke County.

Near the Catawba and Burke county line firefighters from Long View hoisted a massive American flag as the progression headed west to Marion.

Pat and Jennifer Brooks didn’t know Crisp but they felt they needed to be at the procession.

“I just wanted to show respect for the family and for all the public service the officers do to keep us safe,” said Jennifer Brooks.

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"I'm a father. I've got a small girl and he did too, just a very unfortunate thing to happen and we're very sorry to see it," said Pat Brooks.

Deputies now believe Crisp was shot at close range while tracking Troy Whisnant with his dog.  

Investigators said Whisnant shot and killed his father and stepmother inside their home two miles away.  

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The sheriff believes the killing happened several days ago and Whisnant continued living in the home with his parents bodies in the basement.  

"It is very unusual especially when you consider the relationship -- that was his parents --  and then to come back and be in the home with your two dead parents," said Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant.

Channel 9 saw investigators back at the home Thursday trying to establish a timeline to how the events unfolded.

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They believe Whisnant was using crack cocaine and since the killings stole several different vehicles in Burke and McDowell counties.

The one-man crime spree came to an end two hours after he killed Crisp.

"The officers started issuing commands and he immediately responded by firing a shot at the officers.   So they returned fire striking him several times," said Whisenant.

Deputies believe Whisnant broke into a neighbor’s home and stole a 12-gauge shotgun and a .38 pistol.

Both guns were found on him after deputies shot him.

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