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AUTOPSY: Kinston Man Shot Four Times By Deputy

An autopsy says a man who was shot and killed by a Lenoir County deputy last month in Kinston was struck four times by gunfire.

The autopsy for William Gibbs III also says the Kinston man's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit to drive in North Carolina.

Gibbs was shot November 25th in the parking lot of the Waffle House on U.S. 70. Deputies Joseph Heck and William Shambeau were working off duty at the business at the time.

The Sheriff's Office says the two deputies were making a security check of the parking lot when they saw Gibbs standing next to a car and firing his handgun at another person. The deputies told Gibbs to drop his weapon, but authorities say the man did not comply and Deputy Heck shot him.

The autopsy says Gibbs was hit twice in the left chest, once in the left abdomen and once in the left leg by the gunfire. A blood test showed the man had 110 mg/dl of ethanol in his blood system.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, while the two deputies were placed on administrative leave by the Sheriff's Office.


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