Deputy’s accused killer arrested

More arrests may be on the way

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Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker announced the arrest of the man accused of killing Deputy Ned Byrd Thursday, just days after the N.C. Sheriff’s Association offered a $100,000 reward in the case.

Arturo Marin-Sotelo, 29, of Apex was booked into custody sometime between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Other arrests were expected based on the investigation into Byrd’s death, Baker announced in a news conference at noon.

The 48-year-old Wake County deputy was shot multiple times and killed outside his car on Battle Bridge Road near Auburn-Knightdale Road shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

Sheriff Baker emphasized the case remains active and encouraged anyone with information regarding Byrd’s killing to call the Wake County Sheriff’s Office at 919-306-6931 or 919-306-7748.

The suspected truck involved in the case was located in Forsyth County, Baker said. It was confiscated as evidence and returned to Wake County.

The Sheriff’s Association offered a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Byrd’s death.

“Deputy Byrd was shot multiple times after he exited his vehicle at the intersection of Battle Bridge Road and Auburn-Knightdale Road while investigating suspicious activity,” stated a post on the Officer Down Memorial Page. “He was in the area after the agency had received several calls regarding the activity; however, he had not marked out on an event when he was shot.

“Another deputy located him approximately two hours later. Deputy Byrd’s canine (K9) partner was still inside their patrol vehicle,” according to the ODMP.org post.

The deputy was a 13-year veteran of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, working first as a detention officer and then as a K9 officer. His K9 partner was named Sasha.

“A law enforcement officer’s primary duties are to safeguard lives and property and to serve the public. Doing so comes with risk,” the Sheriff’s Association noted in a release on Monday. “All law enforcement officers accept this risk when they first take their oath of office, and at the beginning of each subsequent shift.

“The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, representing all 100 sheriffs in our state, is horrified by the recent acts of violence in which seven members of our profession have been injured or killed by gunfire in less than three weeks. We grieve with the families of the affected officers, and we offer our condolences to their friends, coworkers, and communities,” the association stated.

Byrd is survived by Sasha; his sister, Mignon Byrd Perkins, and her husband, Jeffery, of Kiln, Mississippi; nephews, Tyler Byrd, Logan Byrd, Gavin Perkins, Koby Perkins; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins, according to his obituary.

Byrd was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. His funeral is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh.

“We extend our support to every law enforcement officer; we know these shootings make the burdens of your service heavier and the dangers of your work feel imminently more threatening. The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association acknowledges your daily bravery and loyal commitment to others, and we stand with you,” the association stated in its release.

“We ask the public for assistance. A safe, civil, and peaceful society requires a collective commitment to decency and to following public standards; it also requires a system of accountability in our communities for those who violate the law.”

The Wake County sheriff said the investigation into Byrd’s death was a concerted effort between his department, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshal’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the N.C. State Highway Patrol and the Wake County City-County Bureau of Identification.

Robert Jordan can be reached at rjordan@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2037.

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