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Family of fallen officer speaks out after deadly shooting during manhunt

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MCDOWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Just one week ago, authorities say Troy Whisnant killed his own parents in Burke County.

It touched off a man hunt. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp and his K-9 partner responded. They were killed in an exchange of gunfire, Whisnant later shot and killed himself, according to investigators.

Jason Crisp's older brother Bryon talked to WBTV's David Whisenant on Thursday about his brother and how the family is now coping.

"If Jason had a worry right now it would be to make sure his family was taken care of and make sure his dad was in good health and there would be no worries," Bryon Crisp told WBTV.

Bryon Crisp was helping work crews prepare a mobile home on his late brother's land in McDowell County. 

"They started this, they bought the property, they was going to live in it about two years before they could built a house," Crisp added.

Jason Crisp, wife Amanda, and their two boys were going to live here until they could build that dream house just across the field.  It would face a beautiful range of mountains looking west. 

But last week, this family was suddenly plunged into the deepest of valleys.

The murder of Officer Crisp and his faithful canine companion Maros changed everything.

"It's just a hard time for anyone right now in the family because Jason was loved.  He was my baby brother and there's four of us, even though he was the youngest, he was the leader of the family," brother Bryon said.

Jason inspired Bryon to work in the Sheriff's Office, and Bryon says there are things about Jason he wants everyone to know.

"It can't be said enough that Jason, he was doing what he lived to do, he loved his job, he loved his family, his two boys and his wife, and his dad."

He says the family has been touched by the outpouring of support.  Much of the labor and many of the materials being used to get this home ready have been donated by friends and strangers.

"I want to thank the people in McDowell County and surrounding counties, too," Crisp said.  "They're so many I can't name them all off the top of my head..."

It means the new home will be ready for Amanda, son Garrett,  and youngest son Logan to move in just about a week's time.

Bryon says all the prayers and all the kindness have helped the family to heal, and helped them to a view that is a little brighter, despite their pain.  ​

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