VASS, N.C. Dec 8 2011 – Authorities say a Moore County deputy responding to a trespassing call was shot by a suspect. That suspect then shot and killed himself.
The deputy has been identified as 58-year-old Richard Ryan. He’s been with the Moore County Sheriff’s Department since 2007.
The incident happened around noon in the 700-block of Morrison Bridge Rd. in southeastern Moore County, east of Southern Pines.
Authorities say Ryan confronted two men. A scuffle ensued when Ryan tried to handcuff one of the men. That’s when Ryan was shot and killed. After shooting Ryan, the suspect then shot and killed himself.
Officials say the second man was the brother of the gunman and was just a bystander.
Ryan was the retired police chief of Firefox, N.C.