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Death Investigation Being Conducted In Burke County

A death investigation is underway in Burke County. On Sunday (January 7) at 4:10 pm the Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Pax Hill Road in Morganton in reference to a gunshot wound. According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office, once on the scene, deputies found the victim, 57-year-old Gary David Ritch, with gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital where he died.

There were bail bonding agents on the scene at the time of the shooting. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Insurance, and the investigation is ongoing. The Department of Insurance licenses and regulates bail bonding agents.