Neighbors voiced their concerns as police continue their search for a man wanted after walking out of a hospital earlier this week.

Johnny Allen Kaylor, 50, of Airport Rhodhiss Road in Hickory, was shot by a Burke County Sheriff’s Officer during a SWAT raid at his home, according to a release from BCSO. The shooting came after Kaylor made a sudden movement following about 25 minutes of negotiations with him, a previous News Herald article said.

Kaylor, who was seriously injured in the shooting, walked out of a hospital Monday morning without a medical release. BCOS was waiting for Kaylor to be released to serve multiple 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 misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana up to a half ounce and possession of drug paraphernalia, the release said.

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

Sheriff Steve Whisenant said his office is pursuing some leads on Kaylor’s whereabouts.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but people that are helping him are in danger of being charged criminally for assisting him knowing that he’s got federal warrants pending,” Whisenant said.

Whisenant said he thinks Kaylor knew there would be charges pressed on him when he left the hospital without a medical release.

“I think he knows what he’s doing,” Whisenant said. “I think he knows that he’s wanted. I think that he realizes that we’re looking for him.”

One of Kaylor’s neighbors said they hope he turns himself in soon.

“You need to face the music,” the neighbor said. “You’ve done the crime, now you need to do the time.”

Another neighbor said she’s been on alert since she was told Kaylor walked out of the hospital.

“You just don’t know what to expect out of him because everything he’s ever done is so unexpected,” she 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.

Chrissy Murphy is a staff writer and can be reached at or at 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.

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