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Shots fired at Johnston County deputy during neighbor dispute

Posted April 22, 2014
Updated April 23, 2014

— A Johnston County sheriff's deputy was shot at Tuesday afternoon while responding to a report of one neighbor shooting at another.

A man living at 2199 Lee's Union Church Rd. was moving items out of home when bullets were fired from a neighbor across the street, authorities said. The shooter then shot at the first deputy on scene, who took cover and called for backup, authorities said. 

Neighbors said when more deputies arrived, the man stopped firing and started mowing his yard.

No one was hit by gunfire. The man was taken into custody.

Willie Sherwood Lee, 74, of 2300 Lee's Union Church Rd., was arrested and charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, five counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and two counts of injury to personal property.

Lee, who neighbors said was known for his strange behavior, remained at the Johnston County jail Tuesday night on a $300,000 bond. He was scheduled to make a first court appearance at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

"It would be nothing unusual that he would be shooting all the time," said Pete Marino, who lives in the area. "Stray dogs, something that would come into his yard."

Other neighbors were not surprised about Lee's arrest.

"If somebody is acting a little strange, you wonder about things," said Betty Marino, who lives nearby. "He's a guy that really needs help."


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  • Pensive01 Apr 23, 2014

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    No it was shooting at his across the street neighbor, then at the responding law officer that is the reason for needing "help".

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 23, 2014

    Sounds like a mental issue to me. Blessed no one was injured. I pray they get this man a full psyche eval.

  • knbrown13 Apr 23, 2014

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    I thought the exact same thing.

  • Ty Shrake Apr 23, 2014
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    Some posters in this thread are suggesting that guns (not people) are the cause of incidents like this. They are the same people who have insisted, for the last 20 years, that the increase in the number of guns in the US would create a "Wild West" scenario, with the murder rate skyrocketing.

    Yet, in the lat 30 years the US murder rate has dropped by nearly half. That doesn't necessarily prove that more guns equals less crime (although it very well may), but it does prove that more guns does NOT automatically mean more deaths. The Wild West scenario simply hasn't materialized, except in 'gun free' zones, like Chicago and school campuses.

  • T-ONE Apr 23, 2014

    Citizens are getting more brazen everyday. Look what happen in Nevada. Taking up arms against federal agents...I tell you it's just a matter of time before we have another Waco.

  • lopo Apr 23, 2014

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    Maybe one should compare England with their murder and violent crime rate to ours. They have a higher average because only criminals have guns.

  • lazyrebel Apr 23, 2014

    Shooting at stray dogs in your yard is now a reason to need help?

  • same ole story Apr 23, 2014

    Sure hope this guy gets the help he needs. A normal sane person would not do this in any fashion.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Apr 23, 2014

    Oh Magoo, you've done it again!

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Apr 23, 2014

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    Or had brown skin.