Deputy Billy Ray Walls and Captain Chuck Morgan were shot and killed by an elderly man as they and another deputy were serving a warrant for making a terroristic threat.
As the three deputies entered the man's 150-square-foot houseboat, the suspect opened fire with a semi-automatic .30 caliber M-1 carbine rifle. Deputy Walls was killed at the scene and Captain Chuck Morgan and the third deputy were seriously wounded. Captain Morgan succumbed to his wounds three weeks later. The deputies were able to return fire and kill the shooter. Over 20 rifles and handguns were found in the man's home.
Deputy Walls had been in law enforcement for seven years and had been with the 16-person agency for one year. He is survived by his wife and 6-month-old daughter.