On April 13, 2023, at 4:05 pm, a Watauga Rescue unit returning from a call drove up on a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Council Street and East King Street. Boone Police along with Boone Fire and Watauga Medics arrived on scene and found a 4-door sedan that had crashed into a tree and rolled over onto its top. Responders began treating the driver for apparent injuries caused by the crash. While being treated it was determined the driver was also suffering from a gunshot injury. The driver was transported by Highlands Emergency Air Rescue helicopter to Johnson City Medical Center for care.
Boone Police investigators are actively investigating the incident. At this time, there is no foul play suspected as investigators were able to speak to the driver who reported an accidental discharge of his firearm.