NC deputy killed in shootout

35-year-old Deputy Ryan Hendrix was shot in the face during a gunfire exchange

Duty Death: Ryan Hendrix - [North Carolina]

End of Service: 09/10/2020


By Police1 Staff

HENDERSON COUNTY, NC – A North Carolina deputy was killed Thursday after responding to a breaking and entering call.

According to ABC 11, 35-year-old Deputy Ryan Hendrix was shot in the face during a gunfire exchange that also left the suspect, Robert Ray Doss, Jr., dead.

Deputy Ryan Hendrix. (Photo/Henderson County Sheriff's Office)
Deputy Ryan Hendrix. (Photo/Henderson County Sheriff's Office)

WYFF reports that Hendrix was declared “medically deceased” at a hospital in the afternoon following the early morning shooting, and was being temporarily kept on life support for organ donation.

The 8-year veteran of the force was also a Marine veteran. He is survived by his fiancée and two children.

The Henderson County Sheriff's Office released the following statement:

"It is with a heavy heart the family of Henderson County Deputy Ryan Hendrix and Sheriff Lowell Griffin announce Ryan’s passing today at 12:57 p.m. Early this morning while the world slept, Ryan responded to assist a family needing help when they became innocent victims of a violent encounter. We all know the tragic outcome, but Ryan refuses to let the story end there.

"Even in passing Ryan continues to exemplify a servant’s heart. You see, Ryan was also an organ donor. He will continue to help strangers for a lifetime, even after making the ultimate sacrifice.

"Ryan’s family wants everyone to know that 'Ryan was doing the job he was born to do and he died doing the job he loved.’”

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