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Thursday, 10 January 2008 07:49
Seven Devils Police Department has released the names of the officer and wounded suspect involved in a shooting last night in Foscoe.

The officer has been identified as 22-year-old Jonathan Harris. Harris has been with Seven Devils for eight months.


The wounded suspect has been identified as 37-year-old Walter Garland Steel.


Harris was responding to a Watauga County call for mutual aid south of Casey's Gap Road on N.C. Highway 105. Watauga had received noise complaints alleging someone had been firing a gun in the area just before 10 p.m.  When Harris knocked on the door, Steel is alleged to have answered, gun in tow.


Seven Devils officials say Harris told Steel on at least three occasions to drop his weapon. Steel is alleged to have pointed his gun at Harris. That's when Harris fired. When Steel fell to the floor, Harris called for medics and backup. Harris was the sole officer at the residence when the shooting occurred. Within ten minutes officers from Sugar Mountain, Banner Elk, Watauga and Avery counties were on the scene. 


Steel was transported to a Foscoe landing zone where a helicopter took him to Johnson City Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit earlier today. 


Harris has been placed on routine administrative leave.


The State Bureau of Investigations is handling the case, as is routine with all officer involved shootings. Seven Devils Police Department hopes to be able to release more details soon. We'll have more information as it becomes available.  

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