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Last updated 8/17/2017 at 1:45pm

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 his place in South Carolina to do yard work.

“I started out this whole incident already exhausted,” Gunter said. “My pager went off about 10 a.m., so I packed all my stuff up and drove back her...

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