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Three dead after shooting in Newland

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Last Updated on June 29, 2022 11:34 am

On Monday, June 27, 2022, at 5:32 p.m. the Burke County 911 Center received a call regarding a shooting that just occurred at 6376 Rhododendron Run, Newland, NC, according to the Burke County Sheriff's Office. Because of the distance to the scene, and being close to the Avery County line, Burke County Deputies requested assistance from Avery County Deputies.

When Burke County Deputies arrived they found Avery County, Sheriff’s Office, EMS, and first responders on the scene. Two Avery County EMS units were preparing to transport two persons who had been shot, according to the Burke County Sheriff's Office.

The preliminary investigation found that three persons had been shot related to a domestic situation:

Polly Ann Keller, age 56, of 6376 Rhododendron Run, Newland NC, died at the scene.

Jeremy Dean Clark, age 32, of 7253 Parkway Road, Newland, NC; and Anthony Simon Franklin, age 33, of 42 George White Lane, Newland, NC both died enroute to the hospital.

At this time, the preliminary investigation indicates that two of the three deceased persons fired shots. The Burke County Sheriff’s Office CID detectives are continuing the investigation and will share their results with the District Attorney when the investigation is completed.

Agencies Involved:

Burke County Sheriff’s Office

Avery County Sheriff’s Office

Avery County EMS and other First Responders

Burke County EMS

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