Investigators work the scene in the 600-block of West Lenoir Ave. Kinston, N.C. late Thursday night June 9, 2011 after a Nash County Deputy, who was assigned to the U.S. Marshal's North Carolina Fugitive Task Force was fatally shot while attempting to serve arrest warrants on three suspects who reportedly shot and killed Thomas Hinton last week. (AP Photo/Brad Coville, Wilson Times)
Investigator was shot and killed while serving a murder warrant.
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KINSTON, N.C. (AP) — A veteran North Carolina investigator was shot and killed while serving a murder warrant on suspects at a house in the eastern part of the state, authorities said.
Investigator Warren Lewis of the Nash County Sheriff's Office was shot Thursday night while he was working with a fugitive task force to investigate a June 2 slaying, said Sheriff's Lt. David Wooten.
"Investigator Lewis was a gentle soul and would go out of his way to give you the shirt of his back if he thought you needed it," Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins said in a statement.
Lewis, whose nickname was "Sneak," was a 9-year member of the Nash County Sheriff's Department. He was married and had two children.
He had been working for three years with a task force of local and federal officers.
The task force was serving warrants on five people, including three who were wanted in the killing of 31-year-old dishwasher Thomas Hinton.
Officials said all five have been taken into custody, and three have been charged with murder.