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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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87 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Ron Hewett was tased before death in jail"

2015 years 10 months ago

McMahon for Sheriff this November? You are out of your mind. The crime rate in this county has skyrocketed in the span of less than 5 years, and Ed runs his department for the comfort and convenience of the criminals. But that’s what you get when you have a used car salesman as Sheriff and chef Julia Child as Chief Deputy.

Ed McMahon: The Criminal’s Choice For New Hanover County Sheriff™

2015 years 10 months ago

Has anyone ask to see what time 911 was called and the tape from it as I hear a call was not made till almost 3 pm what happend during that time gap???

Rick Wilson
2015 years 10 months ago

The whole affair has a foul smell to it. Why were the Feds so intent on keeping him in custody? Most others would have received bail. What was the flight risk? I am curious to see what the investigation reveals……..but on the surface it looks like somebody(s) wanted to keep him under control (quiet) and now they have succeeded on a permanent basis. It would be revealing to know what information and from whom led to a search warrant being issued in the first place.

How is this possible
2015 years 10 months ago

I don’t know Ron personally, however why would an ex sheriff do something to be tased. One would think he would know protocol and not let things go that far.He is in jail and should not pose that much of a threat to be tased. I understand we should not judge but come on, this sounds way to suspicious to me. I do hope they get to the bottom of this and take appropriate actions. All men even those incarcerated should be treated like human beings.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
2015 years 10 months ago

McMahon for sheriff this November!!!!


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