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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County woman said she was terrorized in her home by someone sworn to serve and protect.

Earlier this month, we told you about Darlene McGuire’s battle with a former friend over a dog. She said a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy broke into her home with a knife and forcefully detained her over the dispute.

McGuire said she was in her backyard when a deputy showed up and demanded she hand over the dog. When she called 911, she told the operator the deputy was threatening to break into her home.

McGuire said she gave the 2.5-pound Yorkie Maleah to a former friend’s wife. He gave it back to go on vacation. Then, he wanted it back. But, she said she owns it and has papers to prove it. So, the friend called the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and reported Maleah stolen.

Dep. Paul McMahon showed up to track down the missing Yorkie.

“He then stated that he was going to bust in my door,” McGuire said. “He started jiggling the handle on the door so violently that one screw popped out.”

She refused to speak with the deputy, because she said he was harassing her, and she did not feel he had the right to be on her property.

“Then, the next thing I noticed is that the police officer’s on my front porch, and he took out a knife, and he started cutting into my doorway,” she said.

McGuire says she called the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office for help.

“I told them there’s going to be a murder here. He has a knife and he has a gun. I only have my little cane here, so there wasn’t much I could do,” she said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer would not go on camera for this story, but he told us because a stolen dog was involved and McGuire threatened to use her cane, Dep. McMahon had the right to try to get into her home.

All the commotion was making McGuire sick, she said. She just had surgery and had a bad knee. So, dispatch sent an ambulance. McGuire said she told them she would only let one of the EMS workers into her house.

“I let EMS, one person in, and as the second person was trying to come in, an EMS person, that officer McMahon pushed his way. I tried to shut the door, and he pushed it so violently that I went flying back into the couch in my living room. And he grabbed me from my upper arm, and I have black and blues to show from that, the upper arm part here, and twisted it behind my back. And I’m screaming, ‘You’re hurting!” I just had gall bladder surgery, and my leg had a torn meniscus, so I was wobbling,” McGuire said. “And he handcuffed me behind my back so tight that I had bruises on both my wrists.

“I said, ‘What are you doing?’ And he said, ‘I’m arresting you.’ When I asked him why, he said because I called 911 on him,” McGuire said.

A day later, Sheriff Ed McMahon, no relation to the deputy, visited McGuire to inspect where the deputy had used his knife to try to get into her house.

She also requested to speak with District Attorney Ben David. She said he called her back and was rude on the phone. But, David said he’s never talked to her; rather one of his assistants did. McGuire requested a formal investigation. The Sheriff’s Office sent her a letter explaining it had looked into the matter, but could not tell her what it found or what disciplinary action had been taken.

“Now Sheriff McMahon admitted that they made a lot of mistakes, and he offered to pay my medical and he offered to pay to have my door repaired,” McGuire said.

Sgt. Brewer said the Sheriff only offered to look at an estimate for the door and never said he would pay for McGuire’s medical bills.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office sent us a statement saying both it and the DA’s Office had done an internal investigation, and that both agencies concluded the deputy acted in good faith and no violations took place.

McGuire was never charged with any crime.

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35 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Woman claims deputy broke into her house and used force in dispute over dog"

2015 years 10 months ago

LOL “Only on 3″… that’s because no other news organization would waste air time telling the asinine accusations of a crazy lady…

2015 years 10 months ago

You act as if church people and teachers are above doing wrong. They are no better than anyone else.

Priests do a lot in church and some of them have proven to be unworthy of their position. I had a preacher that sexually assaulted a vulnerable female member of the congregation. There was a youth pastor who was carrying on an affair while married. I know of an “upstanding” member of a church who molested his stepdaughter. I knew a deacon who treated his wife horribly and had everyone at church fooled as to what kind of person he was. There was a church pianist who, within the past couple of years, who was convicted of statutory rape after being caught with sex toys in his car when he was on his way to pick up a fifteen year old boy from school.

There have been a number of teachers over the past several years who have proven to be less than upstanding. There are some who have had sex with their students. There have been some with drug charges. I personally know teachers who treat their students like trash. One even told a student that giving him a math test was a waste of paper.

I don’t know this woman. I cannot personally say anything for her or against her. I can say that not all people are what the seem, but they are most likely be themselves when they are at home. What the neighbors see is probably a more accurate assessment of what she truly is than what she does at church. And if she is what her neighbors say, then it isn’t a wonder that they wouldn’t help her when she is in need.

When she had health problems and surgery, did you help her?

2015 years 10 months ago

You, as her neighbor, knowing she is running a puppy mill and has a history of having animals taken from her should be the one to call animal control and help these poor dogs out. You can do it without giving your name out. How about doing this good deed?

2015 years 10 months ago

Too bad this lady lives in the county. She sounds qualified for the Wilmington City Council. I hear there is an opening.

Monkey Junction
2015 years 10 months ago



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