Autopsy released in deadly deputy-involved shooting

Family mourning loss of son

KINSTON - A Lenoir County deputy shot and killed a man at a parking lot of a Waffle House in Kinston, investigators said; an autopsy shows the man died from multiple gunshots.

The shooting happened at about 3 a.m. Sunday, said Chief Deputy Chris Hill, of the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies Joseph Heck and William Shambeau were off duty at the Waffle House, on U.S. 70 East in Kinston, when they decided to do a security check at the parking lot, Hill said. Heck and Shambeau then saw William Gibbs III, of Kinston, standing next to a car, firing his handgun at another person in the parking lot.

The deputies ordered Gibbs to drop the weapon, but he did not do so, Hill said. Deputy Heck then shot Gibbs, who later died at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.

The Medical Examiner's Office said Gibbs died from multiple gunshot wounds; one bullet hit Gibbs' leg, and three other bullets hit Gibbs in the chest.  The autopsy showed ethanol was in his blood at the time of death.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.

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