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.

Reported by Sharon Gregory
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