Shots fired at Johnston County deputy during neighbor dispute
Posted April 22, 2014
Updated April 23, 2014
Four Oaks, N.C. — 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."