Shooting happened around 7:30 P.M. on Highway 13 South near Shine Crossroads. (WNCT photo)
North Carolina deputy shot and killed answering domestic disturbance call.
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SNOW HILL, N.C. – A sheriff's department in the east is in mourning this afternoon after a domestic violence call turned deadly.
30 year old Greene County deputy John Willis was shot and killed inside a home last night.
Flags are at half staff in honor of Willis, who last night paid the ultimate price protecting others.
Shortly before 8 last night, Willis responded to a domestic violence call at 89 Brook Place.
Willis was alone at the time, went inside and was shot and killed by 22 year old Daniel Myers who came out of a bedroom inside the house firing a hand gun. Myers hit Willis multiple times. He died on scene.
Sheriff Lemmie Smith said a call is different and you just never know what may happen, “We're trained on how to respond to these situations and you really don't know what kind of situation you might have when you arrive to the scene of a domestic. A domestic is one of the most dangerous calls you can go on."
A deputy was en route to back him up but arrived after the shooting happened.
Sheriff Smith says Willis was issued a bullet proof vest but was not wearing it at the time.
Willis had two children, a boy and a girl.
We’ll have more throughout the day on wnct.com and tonight at 6 on Eyewitness News 9.