MOREHEAD CITY – A Morehead City police officer who is accused of accidentally shooting another officer during training last month has been fired as the result of the internal investigation.
Police Chief Wrenn Johnson confirmed Monday that Marvin Willis III is no longer with the department and referred questions to the town’s human resources department.
Morehead City Manager David Whitlow said Willis was terminated from the police department last week after the department’s internal investigation found that he had been dishonest.
“He was terminated for being untruthful,” Whitlow said.
According to investigators, Willis shot fellow officer Garrett Hardin in the chest Oct. 2 while they were training in the parking lot outside the police department. Hardin, a Havelock High graduate, was seriously injured and hospitalized at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for a week before being released to recover at home.
The State Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
Whitlow said the SBI investigation is complete but he had not yet seen its findings.
District Attorney Scott Thomas is to review the findings and make a determination as to whether charges should be filed.
Willis had been on administrative leave prior to his termination.
Jannette Pippin is a reporter with the Jacksonville Daily News.