UPDATE: SBI investigates deputy-involved shooting in Castle Hayne

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Submitted: Sat, 08/17/2013 - 3:04am
Updated: Mon, 08/19/2013 - 12:26pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The suspect in a deputy-involved shooting Friday faces charges now.

Darius Terrell Hester is charged with attempted 1st degree murder and assault with a weapon on a government official.

He is in the hospital after being shot by a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy Friday morning.

The State Bureau of Investigations has already taken over the investigation and was on scene for most of the afternoon. State investigators, though, are not saying much about what happened.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Jason Augst says around 10:45 a.m. deputies got a call of an officer-involved shooting on Rockhill Road near Ruby Lane in Castle Hayne.

Witnesses say Hester, 23, was walking down the road before being shot.

Investigators are not saying yet whether or not Hester was armed, if he had any outstanding warrants or even why the deputy was trying to stop him.

“I was painting the windows on my house, and I saw this guy pass by,” neighbor Willard Garrett said. “About 30 seconds later I heard about seven or eight shots. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, and that was it. Thirty seconds after I heard the shot then I saw all the cops come.”

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7 Comments on "UPDATE: SBI investigates deputy-involved shooting in Castle Hayne"

Walt in Wilmington
2015 years 8 months ago

1. Yes, the suspect was armed with a gun.
2. Yes, he was attempting to murder the deputy.
A. The suspect displayed his weapon first.
B. The suspect drew and aimed his weapon at the deputy first.
C. The suspect was the first one who fired a shot.
D. The suspect fired more than one shot.
E. The suspect aimed all shots at the deputy.
3. New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was the arresting agency.
4. The deputy’s judgment is being called into question because he is a public servant and therefore the public pays his salary. We expect our government officials to be transparent, so the public wants answers about what happened when this animal tried to murder a local law enforcement officer. This is now an open investigation, and the details are not being fully released yet so that the external investigating agency (SBI) can gather all the facts before making a ruling.

How did I get these answers? The only way possible: Witnessed. Doubt me? I respectfully request that you hold off on spouting stupid comments at me until the conclusions of the SBI’s investigation are made public. I guarantee you’ll learn that I’m absolutely correct in my answers.

Jim In Jacksonville
2015 years 8 months ago

There must be more to this story than simply what is stated above. Did the suspect have a weapon? Was he attempting to murder the deputy? Was there a tussle and the suspect grabbed the deputy’s wespon? The SBI is investigating. Which agency charged the suspect? Why is the judgement of the deputy being called into question?

2015 years 8 months ago

Yes, the Deputies of NHC can do anything they want, and get away with it.

Buddy Rumer, pardon the misspelling of his name, a waif of a man dies of a broken neck at the hands of the NHCJailer.

The young man tne deputy shot dead through a closed door near the college.

The thousands of dollars missing from evidence.

In every instance, nobody has ever been held accountable.

out of the area cop
2015 years 8 months ago

NC General statues on the use of force is crystal clear. From the stories I read here and in the print papers, this looks like a shooting that can’t be justified. You can’t shoot a person because he or she ran or told you where to go; or, even if he is wanted for a felony warrant just because he ran. I can’t wait to see how the good ole sheriff is going to handle this one. Are officers in the eastern part of the state trained to the same standards, to include ethics as the rest of the state?

2015 years 8 months ago

I’m an old white conservative male, and a crack shot, and I’ve known a few really great cops, but this incident is a harbinger of where we are headed as a society. Too many people looking for trouble where there is none… and they have trigger fingers. This is a cherry cop who shot a kid without cause. Please take his gun away

2015 years 8 months ago

This guy will make a good witness. In the interview he said he knew what a 9mm sounded like. Well evidentially he don’t. The Sheriffs Department caries a 45 caliber weapon. And as far as the guy that got shot, he really sounds like a good guy. Trying to shoot a Deputy in the face. Thank you to the deputy for getting this dirt bag off the streets.

2015 years 8 months ago

It was a good shoot. That boy was about to kill that deputy.Look into Hester’s history and you’ll see he was fond of hiding weapons.He made a choice when he pointed a weapon at this deputy. Mess with the bull and you get the horns.