Officer Ambushed, Shot In The Back While Walking On Patrol

Two officers were ambushed while walking on patrol.

Statesville, NC – An unidentified gunman ambushed two Statesville police officers on Friday night, hitting one of the officers in the back.

Statesville Police Officer Tyler Horn and an unnamed second officer were on foot patrol in the area of 5th Street and West Raleigh Avenue at approximately 11 p.m., when a suspect stepped out of the shadows behind them and opened fire, Police Chief Joe Barone told the Statesville Record & Landmark.

The gunman then fled the area, and has not yet been identified.

Officer Horn was rushed to Iredell Memorial Hospital in a patrol vehicle following the attack, WJZY reported.

His ballistic vest took the brunt of the bullet’s impact and Officer Horn was treated and released from the hospital on Saturday morning.

"We heard three large booms and then I saw snipers and a sea of PD," resident Bridgett Nesbit told WJZY.

Investigators later told her that the officers were ambushed either in her yard, or nearby, she said.

Nesbit posted a brief video of the scene to her Facebook account.

In the comment threat below the video, she noted that officers yelled commands to several individuals near her porch at one point during the night, but ultimately determined that they were not involved in the attack.

A heavy police presence remained in the neighborhood on Saturday, as local, state, and federal investigators worked to identify and locate the gunman, the Statesville Record & Landmark reported.

It was unclear whether the officers returned fire, or how many times they were shot at by the assailant.

Officer Horn has been with the department for over four years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

You can watch Nesbit’s cell phone footage of the scene in the video below:

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Budman
Budman

Officer is doing fine!! Vest saved his life!!

UM_D
UM_D

Thank God he was hit in the vest.

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

He's lucky he was hit in the body armor.

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

Why? This is just so ridiculous.

dolphinlady
dolphinlady

Thank God that Tyler had his bulletproof vest on!!!! You can not trust ANYONE especially at NIGHT!!! Or during the DAY anymore!!! !

I_raped_HCD
I_raped_HCD

I have a huge problem with this, outside of the obvious. "Statesville Police Officer Tyler Horn and an unnamed second officer were on foot patrol"

Really dude? on patrol unarmed? Never go out in full color of the law without at a minimum a gun and vest. And radio at least in vehicle.

MollyW
MollyW

@I_raped_HCD, What indicated to you that they were unarmed? The second officer was un NAMED, but the info never says they were unarmed, and obviously they were wearing vests.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The War on Cops that has resulted in the murders of dozens of police officers continues. The police baiting of Black Lies Matter, the NFL, and "liberal" politicians has its consequences.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Thank God they are both going to be okay! 🙏💙

LEO0301
LEO0301

I can only assume they were on foot patrol in a Hi_estComnDenomn area of town.

I_raped_HCD
I_raped_HCD

Holy Shit! Too early in the morning guess I read that one wrong. Yeah unarmed would be pretty stupid!

I_raped_HCD
I_raped_HCD

Looking for weed dealers....

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Yeah, they're hot and uncomfortable - but would you rather sweat or bleed? Wear your vest!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This sounds like it may have actually been an ambush. Hope they catch the shooter.

Dick Elliott
Dick Elliott

Prayers to both these Hero Officers for a full and complete recovery. [We] have returned to an era I remember very well where these coward scumbags ambush our Police and then run.....We catch them but the liberal judicial system cuts them loose almost as fast. NYS now releases "Cop Killers" back into society....Unbelievable how any one even wants this thankless job anymore! Stay Safe.

rmbr343
rmbr343

Thank God he had his vest on!!! Scary stuff.

albanyalvin
albanyalvin

Damn, he lived to talk about it. you gotta do better SMH.

FTPACAB
FTPACAB

TOO BAD THE FUCKING TERRORIST SURVIVED FUCK THE POLICE HOPE THEY ALL ARE SLAUGHTERED

Fenres
Fenres

Your garbage and have zero value. Typical internet cowards like you flapping your cowardly mouths over the safety of the internet. Hope you get visited upon your loathsome soul ten times what you wish upon others.

Fenres
Fenres

Lets hope you get to experience what you wish upon others.

BruSki
BruSki

More of the Democrats incitement to violence.!

Clubmudslide
Clubmudslide

If you're ever in danger, make sure you never call the boys in blue to help you since you hate them that much.

Amra the Lion
Amra the Lion

Allbangyalvin,you are the typical chickenshit scum that would shoot a cop in the back,may you rot in hell,FTPAPSMEARCAB,you cant even form a sentence,so you are just a moron that too would be chicken shit enough to shoot a cop in the back,youre a lil sissy bitch-2 assholes on this that both dont deserve the air that they are wasting with their pitiful existences,may you both be dealt a fate much worse,i hope you can actually get the chance to see who shot you,but someone like yourselves getting shot in the back will work too as im sure you dont have vests. God bless our men and women in blue,and all the armed forces protecting our Country---SEMPER FI

MercedesGirl
MercedesGirl

I am thankful both officers are ok. Who said these officers were not armed. There is no indication they weren't. May the guy upstairs keep watch over our men and women in blue.

Blacklaw23
Blacklaw23

Ain't No Fun When The Rabbit Got The Gun. Ase!