Suspect sought in Caldwell deputy's shooting death
Law enforcement statewide had been asked to be on the lookout for Larry Wayne Brucke, 32, who also goes by the name Skip Brinkley.Posted — Updated
More than 200 officers were searching around Lenoir, and law enforcement statewide had been asked to be on the lookout for Larry Wayne Brucke, 32, who also goes by the name Skip Brinkley.
Brucke is a suspect in the slaying of Deputy Adam W. Klutz, 24, and shooting of Lt. Chris Martin, both of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, on Friday night.
Investigators on Monday began shifting their focus to looking for clues in connection with the shooting, said Det. B.J. Fore, public-information officer for the sheriff's department. Sunday, they dismantled a search command post they had set up at Oak Hill Elementary School.
Raleigh police received a tip that Brucke was driving along Wake Forest Road, and a Cary police officer spotted a vehicle matching that description Sunday evening. However, officers determined that the lead was false, and Brucke was not in the vehicle when police stopped it along Kildaire Farm Road in the Lochmere area.
Officials say Klutz was responding to a 911 hang-up call at a Lenoir home when Brucke allegedly shot him in a spot not protected by his bulletproof vest. Three bullets struck Martin's vest, and he suffered minor injuries.
Anyone who sees Brucke was urged to call 911. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
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