NBC29 is being told that former Greene County Sheriff Willie Morris has been taken off of life support and has died.
Law enforcement sources tell us the larger-than-life lawman passed away just after 5 p.m. Thursday evening from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sheriff Willie Morris would have turned 66 Friday.
Morris's home sits just off state Route 810 and his mother lives in a home behind his. She says he took her to bible study at 10 a.m. and dropped her off, and that is when deputies say he tripped a panic alarm and shot himself.
His niece says she got the call around 12:15 p.m. that there had been an accident and when she arrived she found out what had happened.
His mother said he'd been suffering from tinnitus and other health issues.