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.
"He was the kind of man you would want your son to be," Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins said at a Friday news conference.
Jenkins said Lewis' death creates a void in the department that will never be filled.
"I never saw him when he wasn't happy," Jenkins said. "He enjoyed what he did more than anybody even that I know."
Lewis, whose nickname was "Sneak," was a 9-year member of the Nash County Sheriff's Department. He was married and had two daughters.
He had been working for three years with a task force of local and federal officers in eastern North Carolina. The group is a close-knit band of officers who actively pursue complicated cases, U.S. Marshal Scott Parker said at the news conference.
"These guys don't just show up at someone's house," he said. "They do investigative work."
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.
Lenoir County District Attorney Branny Vickory told The Free Press of Kinston that the three defendants who are 18 or older would be eligible for the death penalty, but that prosecutors haven't made a final decision whether to seek capital punishment.