Wake County wants to rename this bridge to honor local deputy killed on duty


Wake County leaders are seeking a new way to honor a local deputy who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Deputy Ned Byrd was shot and killed on Aug. 11, 2022, after he stopped to check out a suspicious pickup truck on Battle Bridge Road.

Now, Wake County Sheriff Willie Rowe and the Wake County Board of Commissioners want the state to name a bridge in Byrd’s memory near where he was shot four times. Two brothers were charged with murder in his death, and two other siblings also face charges tied to the killing.

Wake County leaders on Monday unanimously agreed to ask the N.C. Department of Transportation to rename the Auburn Knightdale Road Bridge over the Neuse River the “Ned P. Byrd Bridge.”

Byrd, 48, was a New York native and Air Force veteran who began working at the Wake County Sheriff’s Office in 2009 as a detention officer.

“Deputy Ned P. Byrd has established a legacy of service through work in the community as a canine handler, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, cross-fit, and as a local peace officer,” according to the resolution approved by Wake County.

Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy Ned Byrd was shot and killed while on duty on Aug. 11, 2022, in eastern Wake County.Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy Ned Byrd was shot and killed while on duty on Aug. 11, 2022, in eastern Wake County.

Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy Ned Byrd was shot and killed while on duty on Aug. 11, 2022, in eastern Wake County.

Other bridge designations

If this is approved by NCDOT, this bridge would be the sixth such designation in Wake County.

The others are:

  • Marshall Watson Bennett Bridge, Old Milburnie Road over I-540, designated May 31, 2006.

  • Trooper Robert R. East Bridge, US 1 North at the Neuse River, designated Dec. 5, 2007.

  • F. Donald Rohrbaugh Bridge, Timber Drive Extension over Mahlers Creek, designated Nov. 30, 2011.

  • Officer Ryan A. Hayworth Bridge, Knightdale Boulevard over I-540, designated May 3, 2023.

  • Dr. William Weston Hedrick Bridge, U.S. 401 and the Neuse River, designation under consideration by NCDOT in 2024.



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