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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY has learned former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett was tased before he died yesterday, according to a source close to the situation.

Hewett died shortly after 2 p.m. at the New Hanover County Jail, where he was being held on a federal detainer. What is still unclear is how much time passed between the use of the Taser and when Hewett died.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said Sunday the agency could not comment on whether a Taser was used because the incident is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and because Hewett was a federal inmate. Brewer did say the Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal review to see if any policies were violated. He said no one has been suspended or put on administrative duty in connection to anything that happened at the jail regarding Hewett.

The Sheriff’s Office has referred all questions to the US Marshal Service. When we asked a spokesman for the Marshal Service about an autopsy, he said there was no new information regarding Hewett’s death.

A look back and the life and career of Ron Hewett

Hewett had been in custody since agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested him Wednesday and charged him with a federal count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The arrest came after agents served a warrant at Hewett’s Supply home and say they found several weapons. Under federal law, he could not have a firearm following his 2008 conviction on obstruction of justice.

Hewett was initially held in the Brunswick County Jail, but was transferred to the New Hanover County Jail following his initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington Thursday morning.

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2015 years 11 months ago

Cute nickname. Yes, the beach. I know from personal first-hand experience.

Back in the early 1990’s, on a Friday afternoon I had stopped by a local fishing pier to pick up an acquaintance from where he was scheduled to be working. The acquaintance, who had been temporarily staying with a close friend after having become “down-on-his-luck” incidentally was a troubled individual in his mid-late 20’s, then-recently awaiting sentencing on a DWI and (as we later were to discover) had a history of illegal drug usage, stealing from his family and other petty offenses. We had decided to retrieve him from… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

You are actually showing your ignorance. Again, do your homework preferably before you continue to put your foot into your mouth.

Cheryl Davis
2015 years 11 months ago

They just couldn’t leave him alone. He had paid his debt to society and trying to live out the rest of his days minding his own business. But some vindictive person – possibly family or friends – was being paid to watch him. I hope that whoever was responsible for his arrest reaps what he sowed. I don’t believe he just died – the stress of how he was being treated killed him. Along with the politicans (trying to be re-elected) took away his dignity and pride. They stripped him of all the honor he earned during his career as… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Conspiracy or not, GOD decided it was time for him to come home. Ronald is in a better place. He doesn’t ever have to answer to anyone else again. Hopefully many lessons can be learned from this tangled web of deception and sadness. Truth is he had a good heart, he just lost his way! Don’t ever think that you can’t lose your way- because it can happen to the best of families and to the least expectant.

2015 years 11 months ago

Very few facts, lots of speculation and misinformation. Let’s wait to see how this plays out.

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