RALEIGH, NC – The autopsy of fallen Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd shows that he was shot four times in total. Three of those shots were in his head.
The Wake County Medical Examiner’s Office released its findings regarding the autopsy of slain Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd which shows he was shot multiple times. Three shots struck the deputy in his head and neck while a fourth shot made its way through his bullet-resistant vest and entered his chest cavity.
As of now, no one knows for sure what led up to the deputy being murdered on the side of Battle Bridge Road and Auburn Knightdale Road on the night of August 11th. However, it is theorized that Deputy Byrd discovered some suspicious activity around 11 p.m. allegedly involving two brothers, Arturo Marin-Sotelo and Alder Alfonso Marin-Sotelo.
At some point during the encounter, the brothers allegedly used a gun and fired several shots, four of which fatally struck Deputy Byrd before fleeing the area. Deputy Byrd’s body was not discovered until roughly two hours after he had been shot after another deputy responded to check his wellbeing after he stopped answering radio calls.
Investigators do not believe that Deputy Byrd sensed he was in any immediate danger when he exited his patrol vehicle that night as he left his police canine inside his vehicle. Detectives have not released any possible motive for the deputy’s murder as of yet.
Investigators relied on the public, investigative work, and video footage from Deputy Byrd’s vehicle to narrow down the two brothers they allege are responsible for his death. Using all means at their disposal, detectives were able to announce the arrest of Arturo Marin-Sotelo on August 18th while promising a second arrest was forthcoming.
Announcing the arrest, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker said:
“It gives this office great pleasure…on this morning to be able to share that one of the suspects that we believe is involved in the death of Deputy Ned Byrd has been charged with murder in that case. It’s been around-the-clock work by this agency and others.”
At the time, Sheriff Baker told the media that he had no plans to release any information about the specifics of the case to safeguard the criminal prosecution of those involved. He said:
“I’m determined to preserve the integrity of our efforts to make sure that we do this and we do this the right way and not through the media…we don’t want to jeopardize or hinder our investigation and the things that are necessary to make sure we get this job done.”
Alder Alfonso Marin-Sotelo was taken into custody the same day as his brother, however, was not officially charged with Deputy Byrd’s death until a few days later. Both brothers could face the death penalty if they are found guilty during their trials.
Following Deputy Byrd’s death, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein weighed in on the loss of the deputy by writing:
“Early this morning, a Wake County Deputy was killed in the line of duty. This comes only 10 days after the murder of Wayne County Deputy Sgt. Matthew Fishman. Four other North Carolina deputies have been shot doing their jobs in the last three weeks alone, but are thankfully still alive.
“I am profoundly troubled by the recent spate of violence against law enforcement officers. Officers put their lives on the line to protect our communities – we must do everything in our power to keep them safe. I thank the many public-spirited officers who are serving and protecting the people of North Carolina all over the state.
“I send my deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of those whose lives have been lost and my best wishes to those recovering. You are in our hearts.”
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