Deputy killed in Kinston


It happened around 7 p.m. Thursday on West Lenoir Avenue near Perry Street.

Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins said Investigator Warren “Sneak” Lewis, who was assigned to the Eastern North Carolina Fugitive Task Force, was shot while attempting to serve a warrant for homicide along with other task force members.

The murder case involved 31-year-old Thomas Hinton who was shot at the intersection of West Lenoir Avenue and Mitchell Street June 2.

After 38-year-old Lewis was shot Thursday evening, five people were taken into custody. Four of them are now charged in Lewis's death.

Sixteen-year-old Kion Dail, 18-year-old Lamont D. Byrd, 26-year-old Maretto Byrd, and 17-year-old Devine Slade all face murder charges. Dail and Lamont Byrd are also charged with murder in Hinton's death.

Sheriff Jenkins said Investigator Lewis was a member of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office for over nine years. He served on the Eastern NC Fugitive Task Force for the last three years.

“Investigator Lewis was a gentle soul and would go out of his way to give you the shirt off his back, if he thought you needed it. He will definitely be missed, and he leaves a void at this Office that will never be filled,” said Jenkins in a statement.

Governor Beverly Perdue called Friday for North Carolina flags at state facilities in Nash and Lenoir counties to be lowered to half staff through sunset Saturday to honor the life and service of Lewis.

Perdue's office said Lewis was married with two children.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Southern Nash Senior High School. Burial will follow at Hollywood Cemetery in Middlesex.

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