ASHE COUNTY — Three Ashe County sheriff’s deputies returned to work last week after being placed on administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting.
On Wednesday, July 8, Dallas Shatley, 62, of Crumpler was shot by sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly confronted the officers who were responding to a disturbance. The incident was reported around 10 p.m. in Crumpler on Shatley Road, just off of Highway 16.
According to Sheriff James Williams, a deputy was dragged by a vehicle driven by Shatley and shots were fired.
The deputy who was injured was treated and released from Ashe Memorial Hospital.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), who is currently investigating the incident, released the names of two deputies involved in the shooting that killed Shatley a week after the shooting occurred.
According to the SBI, Christopher Lee Roten, a 10-year veteran of the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and Joshua Franklin Hopkins, a five-year veteran, responded to the call.
The SBI report did not state which deputy was dragged by the vehicle.
According to Williams, Roten and Hopkins were permitted to return to work with his permission. Williams stated his department was understaffed without the two deputies and both deputies were ready to return to work.
Williams also said the third involved deputy, Brandon Miller, is a School Resource Officer with Ashe County Schools and is returning to work for the 2015-16 school year which began on Aug. 17.
In regards to the deputies being reinstated, District Attorney Tom E. Horner said that decision is completely up to the discretion of Williams although the SBI’s investigation is still ongoing.
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