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Nash deputy shot, killed in Kinston

Posted June 9, 2011
Updated June 10, 2011

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— A Nash County sheriff's deputy was shot and killed in Kinston Thursday night while trying to serve a warrant in a murder investigation, authorities said. 

Investigator Warren "Sneak" Lewis, 38, who was assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service, went to a house at 602 W. Lenoir Ave. around 7 p.m. to serve outstanding warrants for murder, authorities said. Someone opened fire as Lewis and another marshal approached the house, killing him.

Authorities detained five people, including three wanted in the June 2 death of Thomas Hinton, 31, who was shot in the chest at West Lenoir Avenue and Mitchell Street. WNCT News identified two of the suspects as Lamont Byrd, 18, and Kion Dail, 16.

U.S. Marshals have taken over the investigation. They were assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation.

Lewis had served with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office for more than nine years. He had been on the Eastern North Carolina Fugitive Task Force, a cooperative venture between the U.S. Marshals Service and local law enforcement agencies, for the past three years.

He was married and had two children.

"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," Sheriff Dick Jenkins said in a statement.

Gov. Bev Perdue ordered state flags in Nash and Lenoir counties to be lowered to half-mast through sunset Sunday in honor of Lewis. She issued a statement encouraging private businesses and residents to do the same.


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  • Avenger Jun 13, 2011

    A fellow officer has been slain. My prayers go out to the family.

  • leo-nc Jun 10, 2011

    Too many officers getting killed this year, or any year for that matter. And so many clueless people wonder why we are short, to the point and very cautious on traffic stops. Because you never know when it's going to happen. Always be ready and always be weary of everyone. Rest in Peace brother. You will be missed.

  • baharr1013 Jun 10, 2011

    The tone of these comments are that the officer was a hero and everyone involved in his murder should get the maximum punishment. How is that not respectful to the officer's memory and his family? The news report discussed the merits of the officer as well as the circumstances surrounding his death. It makes sense that people would discuss all elements of the story. I think it is highly unlikely that his loved ones are sitting in front of a computer reading these comments right now. When they do read the comments I am sure they will be comforted by the public's demand that justice be served through maximum penalties for the criminals involved. I would imagine that the fallen officer would want his murderers brought to justice as well. Public opinion and demand for severe penalties is a key factor in ppl getting maximum sentences.

  • gammasandi Jun 10, 2011

    many of us spent a restless night with a heavy heart...we share your sorrow, Lewis family...and we pray for you constantly...

  • beachboater Jun 10, 2011

    "I cannot believe the inconsiderate post that are being put up here. Nobody should be questioning about the parents of these murderers, or worrying about what their sentence should be! Everyone agrees they should get the max.. but what about this HERO that lost his precious life and his family? Think about his children! His children, that will walk across stage to graduate without their father or get married without their father to walk them down the isle! And think about his wife, who will lay in bed at night without her husband who has been by her side for years! His parents, and his brotherhood @ NCSO who will never forget the last memory they had with him. Forget about the criminals for right now and pray for his beautiful family and friends. RIP Sneak! Nash County Misses You!!" JustSayinYall

    I disagree. I am very sorry for the loss of the dedicated LEO. And I do feel for his family who must carry on without their husband and father. That will be tough for them to do. I just

  • imeanreally Jun 10, 2011

    Murder of a Federal Marshall (since he was functioning in that role when killed) while one duty = federal charges = federal incarceration = no parole...EVER. Good riddance dirt bags.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 10, 2011

    Jere - "it's a public forum for people to discuss the news."

    Yes, but one must consider the loved ones of the deceased may be reading these comments too, because it is truly both - an obituary and the news, and just because it's a public forum doesn't mean it can't be respectful to the deceased and their loved ones too.

    Civilized people manage to do both.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 10, 2011

    So sad for them all.

    Praying for those who loved the deputy.

    Praying they toss the book at those who killed them.


    We've got to all stop this "babying" of hard-core criminals. Either deport to a deserted island or execute those that murder others who cannot be rehabilitated, and most who murder can't be.

  • Man Man Jun 10, 2011

    81 Line of Duty Deaths already this year.

  • Jeremiah Jun 10, 2011

    this isn't an obituary.

    it's a public forum for people to discuss the news.