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Kaylor

A man who was hospitalized after being shot in a SWAT raid in May has gone missing and is to be considered armed and dangerous.

On Monday, Johnny Allen Kaylor, 50, of Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory , was in a n out-of-county hospital receiving medical treatment when he left without a medical release, said a press release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Burke County Sheriff’s Office was waiting for Kaylor to be medically cleared to be released and incarcerated to serve pending felony charges of trafficking opium or heroin ; trafficking in Methamphetamine ; possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver methamphetamine ; possession of methamphetamine ; and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place with controlled substance. He also faces a m isdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana up to a half ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kaylor should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone who may come into contact with Kaylor is asked not to confront him, but to contact law enforcement authorities, the release said.

Anyone with any information regarding Kaylor’s whereabouts is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 828-438-5500 or Morganton/Burke Crimestoppers at 828-437-3333. All Crimestopper tips are anonymous, and anyone with information leading an arrest may receive a cash reward.

On May 22, police issued a no - knock search warrant for Kaylor’s home due to information saying that the suspect would have firearms in the home. When police entered the home , they found Kaylor and a female companion in the bedroom. The female was escorted out of the bedroom, the release said.

“With repeated officers' demands, the suspect refused to get out of the bed and refused to show officers his hands that were hidden under the covers,” the release said.

When Kaylor made a sudden movement, a SWAT officer shot him. After surgery, Kaylor was in critical but stable condition, said a previous News Herald article.

Investigators seized a semi-automatic handgun, 273 grams of methamphetamine, an assortment of prescription medications and a small amount of marijuana. The methamphetamine located has a street value of $27,300, the article said.

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