The Table Rock community of Burke County is reeling after the discovery of a local couple dead in their Fish Hatchery Road home, then the slaying of a Federal officer and finally the suspect—the couple’s son. A welfare check on Levi and Rhonda Whisnant at their 5504 Fish Hatchery Road home led to the massive search that ended late yesterday afternoon after officers who were searching for Troy David Whisnant shot and killed the man.  It was about 3 yesterday afternoon that shots killed federal officer Jason Crisp and his police dog as they closed in on Whisnant. The suspect reportedly stole the officer’s gun.  It was just over 90 minutes later that more gunfire erupted, and reports from the scene indicated that Whisnant had been shot and killed.  Whisnant had an extensive criminal history, including another killing for which he served a year after taking a plea of manslaughter.
Crisp was a decorated officer who spent 10 years with the U.S Forestry Division, working out of the Burke County office in Nebo. His dog Maros was always by his side and the two have rescued children from the woods.
Last year, they helped crews as they battled a massive wildfire in Burke County.  Crisp was using his highly-trained dog to track down Whisnant as he was hiding in the woods. Maros found Whisnant who was waiting in ambush where he shot and killed Crisp.


Photos:  WSOC-TV