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Suspect in shooting of Caldwell deputy found dead

Posted September 24, 2008

— The man authorities believe killed a North Carolina sheriff's deputy last weekend has been found dead on his property.

WSOC-TV reported that Skip Brinkley's body was found Wednesday as several hundred law enforcement officers combed his property near Lenoir. Officials said his death was caused by a self-inflicted wound.

Police had mounted a massive search during the week, operating aircraft night and day and delploying officers from several agencies into areas east of Lenoir to comb woods and fields and search buildings.

Caldwell County sheriff's deputy Adam Klutz was fatally shot in the head Sunday while responding to a 911 hang-up call from Brinkley's home. The 25-year-old Klutz died early Saturday morning. Another deputy was saved by his bulletproof vest.

The 32-year-old Brinkley, who also went by the name Larry Wayne Brucke Jr., was a former officer and Iraq War veteran. Officials said he fled shortly after the shooting.

A memorial service for Klutz was held Wednesday afternoon.


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  • Myra Sep 26, 2008

    SWITCH OFF when you come home from your 5th tour in Iraq? NO!! clap on clap off doesn't work. Obviously the system fails those who are most in need of mental health care.

    Until you've walked a mile in their shoes, you cannot and should not define them or bash them.

    The lack of leadership, the lack of a plan, and the Bad Intel that created a war of ERROR and the blatant refusal to let troops request Conscientious Objector status create extreme behaviour. You have to ask yourself - what in the name of God were they "required to do" that would cause them such deep horrible depression?

    God bless them all - the untreated troops; the victims; the "politically sustainable" deaths of un-armed innocents and the "acceptable collateral damage" deaths of un-armed children and families.

  • jlh4jdj Sep 24, 2008

    kopfjaeger2001- I also want to say thank-you for your service. What can be done if anything for this? I have seen in my own family service men coming back changed (negativily). I just don't know enough about this subject though I must admit.

  • Love being a Mom Sep 24, 2008

    daMoFo - I'm not sure where you are getting your information from, but you are incorrect. Please check statistics from both in service and retired service military personnel of active combat operations in your community / state. It will open your eyes. In a medical capicity, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with numerous war veterans. They have been put through more than I could even try to imagine - more than I want to try to imagine. Their suicide rates are more numerous than the general population. I don't try to justify suicide by any means, but I do know why some consider it. Without proper care, their brain can provoke "mind numbing" depressive thoughts, followed by unexplainable behaviors. I'm stating, be sympathetic coupled with empathy. Understanding goes a long way in the healing process.

  • Love being a Mom Sep 24, 2008

    kopfjaeger - I can't thank you enough for all you have sacrificed to protect this country, my family, my friends, and me. I do agree with your comments. You hit the "nail on the head". My thoughts and prayers go out to all families involved. Maybe, in some small way, some day, some sense could be made of this tragic situation.

  • daMoFo Sep 24, 2008

    Despite what some people would lead you to believe, the suicide rate among vets from Iraq and the first Gulf War is no higher than for the general population.

  • kopfjaeger2001 Sep 24, 2008

    My heart goes out to the families involved. I will say this. I am a Gulf War veteran and have three tours under Iraqi Freedom, thats a total of four combat tours. I can understand the stress in combat, but all of us know that we need to switch off when we return. Maybe he couldn't. But that still does not excuse what he done.

  • John Q Public Sep 24, 2008

    Sad...just seems like no one is doing enough to counsel these war heroes after combat.

  • jlh4jdj Sep 24, 2008

    Interested to find out more about this. Just wondering why they didn't find him till now on his own property? Just sounds odd.

  • thescarletpimpernel Sep 24, 2008

    I'm not surprised to read this veteran committed suicide. There was a blog about this earlier when the story broke, I think it was GulfWarVet, looks like his theory may be accurate.

  • rmgirl Sep 24, 2008

    I am confused...
    Are Brinkley and Brucke the same person?