Wanted felon killed in Wake drug raid


Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison told Eyewitness News the deputy was a part of a special response team investigating drugs in a home in the 5400-block of Alpine Drive.

Just before 10 a.m., officers raided the home and shots were fired. The Wake County Sheriff's deputy, identified as 37-year-old Sgt. Ronnie Byrd, was shot in the leg. He was released from the hospital late Friday afternoon.

Steven Scott Thorton, 35, was also shot during the raid. He died from his injuries at WakeMed Friday afternoon.

According to authorities, Thorton was wanted in Collin County, Texas by U.S. Mashals and the ATF on numerous drug and weapons charges. The Wake County Sheriff's Office had surveilled Thorton's home, which is a rental property, for about two months before the raid.

Officials confiscated several marijuana plants from the home.

The SBI is also investigating the incident.

Sgt. Byrd is on injury leave until further notice.

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