Deputy Sheriff Ryan Hendrix was shot and killed when he responded to a vehicle tampering and shooting call in the area of Bethea Drive and Piney Ridge Drive in Mountain Home.
A citizen called 911 at about 3:00 am after discovering two subjects breaking into a vehicle. The citizen retrieved a firearm and confronted the subjects. One of the subjects had stolen a firearm from the vehicle and the two exchanged gunshots.
Deputy Hendrix and other deputies arrived on scene and confronted the subject, who was wanted on a warrant for parole violation. The man initially complied with commands but then grabbed the handgun and opened fire, striking Deputy Hendrix. The other deputies returned fire and killed the subject. The second subject was apprehended.
Deputy Hendrix was transported to a local hospital where it was determined he could not survive. He was declared medically deceased so that his organ could be donated.
Deputy Hendrix was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office for eight years. He is survived by his two children and fiancée.