Two deputies involved in Sunday morning's deadly Waffle House shooting in Kinston have been placed on administrative leave.
William Gibbs III of Kinston was shot and killed outside the Highway 70 business around 3:00 a.m.
Investigators say Deputy Joseph Heck and Deputy William Shambeau were working off duty at the Waffle House at the time of the shooting.
The Sheriff's Office says the deputies were inside the building and walked outside around 3:00 a.m. to make a security check of the parking lot. That's when they say they saw Gibbs standing next to a car and firing his handgun at another person in the parking lot. The deputies commanded Gibbs to drop the weapon and he did not comply. Deputy Heck then shot Gibbs.
Gibbs died later at Lenoir Memorial Hospital.
The NC State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.
Chief Deputy Chris Hill says the two deputies were placed on administrative leave this morning, which is typical after such a shooting.
Family members of Gibbs did not want to comment on camera, but say they want their son to be remembered as a giving and hard working man.
Neighbors told WITN they were shocked that something like this could happen. Jack Davis said,"He seemed to be a very nice young man. I've never known him to use any type of profanity, I've never known him to be very loud. He was just a nice kid."
Court records show that Gibbs had a pending drunk driving charge in Lenoir County, while he had two prior misdemeanor convictions for possession of schedule VI narcotics. In both cases he was given probation.
Funeral services for Gibbs are planned for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Tabernacle Church in Kinston.
The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office says one of their deputies was involved in a shooting early Sunday morning.
Lawmen say at about 3 a.m. a deputy was involved in an off-duty "security work" shooting at the Waffle House located in Kinston on U.S. 70 East.
They say the Kinston Department of Public Safety and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are now investigating the incident.
The sheriff's office has not released the name of the deputy or the person who was shot.
The SBI has been on scene throughout the morning investigating. At this time they are not releasing more information.
Witnesses told WITN they heard multiple gunshots.
William Strayhorn showed up at Waffle House Sunday morning and couldn't believe what he saw. Strayhorn says, "We came up to eat breakfast at about 9:30, we had seen about 10 to 15 cop cars the mobile unit, the big RV home office unit and me and my partner was wondering what was goin on."
Kinston resident Mary Jackson says it's a tragedy that she's seen enough of. Jackson says, "I was not really surprised. I wouldn't doubt it, things that happen here in Kinston so I wouldn't doubt it."
We will bring you more details as soon as they become available.