Boone shooting – Suspect 'barricaded in home' after 'killing parents and shooting 3 cops as one "hangs by a thread"'

A SUSPECT has barricaded himself inside a North Carolina home after allegedly killing his parents and shooting at least three sheriff's deputies.

One of the deputies is reportedly "hanging by a thread" after being injured in the shoot-out.

The Watauga County Sheriff's office was called for a welfare check at a home in Boone at 9.45 am after the homeowner and his family did not show up for work or answer phone calls.

Responding officers entered the home when they found the family's vehicles still parked outside, WX11 reports.

A person inside the home began to fire and hit at least two deputies.

One deputy has been was flown to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.

Another remains at the scene.

Their conditions remain unclear.

Authorities say it remains an active shooter scene.

North Carolina state representative Jeffrey McNeely called for a moment of silence for the victims

"We have some policemen who are either wounded or dead, some family members also,"he said before the state legislature met on Wednesday afternoon.

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