Sheriff promises to end violence after deputy shooting

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Submitted: Fri, 10/11/2013 - 3:24am
Updated: Fri, 10/11/2013 - 2:18pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the first time in nearly a decade a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy was shot in the line of duty, and now Sheriff Ed McMahon is vowing to bring an end to the crime wave sweeping through the area.

“I think we have a gang problem period,” said New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon.

Law enforcement from multiple agencies flooded into Creekwood after Det. Spencer was shot by a suspect who remains unidentified by investigators.

“It hits very close to home,” said McMahon. “The community that we all live in has been dangerous recently, so we’ve been working as hard as we could and can and we’ve been sharing resources and collaborating together.”

But some people who live in the Creekwood public housing development say they don’t see that collaboration after every shooting.

“I think it’s a bunch of BS going on out here today,” said Quan Hayes. “They’ve got armored trucks, a hundred thousand police for one man. When kids get shot, a mother was just shot, they don’t do all this for regular people.”

For now Sheriff McMahon is promising to make a bad situation right.

“We will be making an arrest,” said McMahon. “We will not stop until we end this violence and that is a promise from me. We are going to clean up the areas and whatever that takes is what we’re going to be committed to doing.”

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16 Comments on "Sheriff promises to end violence after deputy shooting"

2015 years 8 months ago

You want to end the violence in the Port area. Fire all law enforcement and find servants willing to following all policies and procedures; because NHSD is full of gangs and thugs; the deputies that is.

2015 years 8 months ago

They need to clean up Seabreeze while they are in clean up mode. There are drugs being sold in the open at the burn barrel on Seabreeze rd. It is like it is an accepted business by the people who live in the area.

2015 years 8 months ago

On don’t send any LEO at the next shooting. Or any shooting for that matter. Just have the DOT come by once a month and collect the dead bodies like they do the deer in the county. That will fix it all. You would think that people living off of the government would want to help the government.

2015 years 8 months ago

Since you have the answer ……get off your tail and do something. Maybe you should in charge

2015 years 8 months ago

Ed. this should have happened along time ago!! alot of people laughed at ole Barny, but he was right. NIP IT IN THE BUD!!!! it may be tougher now to get this under control because the gangs will stick together, fight back more and the residents will sit back and NOT TALK to Police. they dont trust the police because of all the officers that have been charged in the last year or 2. that trust is not there. It will be very hard to clean this mess up because this is the first time that anyone has heard from you on this. it is in the city but still in the County, you are the top elected law official in the county. Not the D.A. he should be concentrating on keeping them behind bars not trying to over ride your authority like he has been in creating some DA task force to stop crime. where were you on this?? you and the Chief need to go in and sit on that place, clean out the thugs. i mean what do you expect when the CEO of the housing authority cant even stay sober. there are some real problems in Wilmington. Suit up , Ed, get out there with your men, lock some a$$e$ up, keep behind bars. Charge them with Federal charges. dont sit behind the desk, get out there, get some boots on the ground and protect the taxpayers. before you know it , the gangs will spread like fire ants. making their ant hills and stinging anyone where ever they can. just get out there and STOP THIS CRAZY CRAP!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

The same ones complaining are the same ones who watch these drug dealers and thugs all day long commit crimes and they dont say anything then. You all know whats going on in your coimmunities Its no big secret. And by the way the WPD has been saying they need to clean up the city for a while. What do you thing the “90 day seize fire” was and effort. Maybe not as much effort that should be. At least these officer were making an effort to prevent crime before it happens. When you dont “SEE or HEAR NUFFIN” you dont get nothing!! When the police finally do something about it you complain!! Be happy they are there at all. Yea the police care more when Innocents are shot or killed. Especially when its a police officer.

2015 years 8 months ago

Generally, the police aren’t right on the scene in Creekwood when shots are fired; and, by the time they get there, the shooters are LONG gone, and, BIG surprise, no one saw a damn thing! So, yes, a greater police presence was dispatched because the shooter was a KNOWN assailant, for whom LEOs had a visual description and identity and for whom they were actively searching.

Not enough police presence, too much police presence. There’s no pleasing people. If the residents of Creekwood are so concerned about the violence in their community that’s spilling over into the surrounding neighborhoods – Here’s a novel idea – DO something about it aside from bitch, moan and complain!! Oh wait, that would require way more effort than running off at the, eff that, bro!! I’m so sick of lazy, parasitic drains on society demanding more, more, more when they get more than most of us out here busting our a$$es day in and day out.

Off The Cuff
2015 years 8 months ago

I saw one of the women interviewed yesterday……..they always mouth off. Want something done but surely don’t want to be inconvenienced in any way. Novel idea indeed……report these people….you know who they are in lots of the situations. These thugs are well known on the streets. Most want them there for the drugs and such or aren’t willing to report anything to the cops so they can make charges and such. You would not be satisfied either way!

In my neighborhood we report what we see and to think, this doesn’t go on here time and time again. These thugs should be euthanized as they are a drain on society. Think people, if they will go up against armed cops, what fear do you think they have of you! None. So, I would welcome such a police presence in my neck of the woods were something like this to happen.

beach guy
2015 years 8 months ago

when you start shooting cops you get what you deserve this is not some gestapo crack down this is protecting the lawful citizens of the community and intimidating lawful citizens is not the point being made intimidating lawless thugs is the point being made if you care so much about these thugs why don’t you go to creekwood and talk them into turning from the thug life and handing over their guns and dope?
you have obviously never been in LA or Atl it is done every day hell I am more worried about drones and the NSA than police actually enforcing the law and protecting themselves while they do it.
something has to be done real live humans are dying in the street talking is not getting it done maybe a show of force will make the folks that want change work with the police when they see the police can protect them

2015 years 8 months ago

Sheriff McMahon says “We are going to clean up the areas and whatever that takes is what we’re going to be committed to doing”. I find those to be ominous and frightening words, coming from a law enforcement official in the United States of America. Everyone should ponder just what that could mean for a few minutes. There is plenty of documented history of other parts of the world to show where this attitude will likely end, especially when we apparently (based on most of the comments) have so many citizens that wholeheartedly and unquestioningly support his position.
Think about it: An armored personnel carrier, loaded with heavily armed and armored police, in a neighborhood of an American city, because of one shooting. Whatever the intention, the result is surely to intimidate and frighten many law abiding citizens of that neighborhood.

2015 years 8 months ago

Too few cops show up, they complain

Too many cops show up, they complain

There is no pleasing these people. How about next time there’s a shooting, NO cops show up. Maybe then they’ll appreciate them a little more….

Marky Mark
2015 years 8 months ago

Listen, one lady complains because there are 2 many cops in “her neighborhood,” one man complains because when citizens get shot, there aren’t enough cops in “their neighborhood.” Well listen up the two of you: It’s not “your neighborhood,” you don’t own even a piece of it. If a cop gets shot, you are damn right there will be a raining down of police force on any neighborhood. If two hoodlums, living for free, eating for free, and selling drugs & women, are shooting each other, and the ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD is UNWILLING EVERY SINGLE TIME to offer any identity of the suspects, well you guessed it: THEY only need send one cop for 2 sentences of information. Have a nice day..

2015 years 8 months ago

Creekwood better get ready. They are about to get what they asked for.

I Care Why
2015 years 8 months ago

Quan Hayes is a perfect example of what is wrong with America. But I feel the biggest problem is GOD has been on the back burner for way too long.

2015 years 8 months ago

Over a dozen shot -killed or maimed- in the last year. But now that a cop has been shot, law enforcement announces “it’s time to clean up this crime-infested town”? And cops wonder why these communities refuse to assist in their efforts. Wilmington doesn’t have a crime problem, they have a policing problem. Sure, you can jump on my comments as much as you like, but that’s the reality.

beach guy
2015 years 8 months ago

You hood rats need to find a new place to do business you have really messed up this time shooting a cop you have declared open season on yourself
no more restraint by officers giving you the benefit of a doubt. They are now justified in any action they choose to take.
No more oh the poor misguided youth you run with dogs and you will catch fleas
to the good folks that live in these places you had better start cooperating with the police or you are going to caught in the round up that this is going to take place.
you really think a judge is not going issue a warrant for anything the police ask for? after this you will not be able to jay walk without getting cuffed and stuffed life as you know it is over no more hanging out in the cut no more open containers outside the home no more illicit activity you will get arrested for a noise complaint. The velvet glove has come off and the steel gauntlet is revealed.