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August 17, 2017

As fugitive Phillip Stroupe II was beginning his five-day retreat from law enforcement into the Pisgah National Forest on Saturday, July 22, Eddie Gunter, the Transylvania County Sheriff Office’s chief deputy, was just trying to cut the grass.

He had finished a week-long surveillance-training program in Hickory, N.C., in 97-degree heat, and then woke up that morning at 5:30 a.m. to drive to...

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