911 CALL: Suicide suspected before Hewett’s death

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Submitted: Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:38am
Updated: Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:29pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The audio of first responders’ radio traffic and those initial 911 calls about Ron Hewett’s death were released Monday.

An initial release said Hewett died just after 2 p.m. Saturday. However, the first 911 call from the jail didn’t come in until 2:57.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Monday night it’s unclear when Hewett died, but it was sometime between 2 and 3.

On those 911 calls a confused officer tells 911 dispatch that he believes a suicide attempt has happened, and that is why they need EMS to come to the jail.

Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett was being taken out of administrative segregation, where he was held for his own safety. New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon says Hewett’s mother and girlfriend were there to visit him, a visit that wouldn’t happen.

Before Hewett died sources say he was tased.

“At this point I can’t go into details about the investigation,” New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said. The calls came in, the sheriff said, after what he called an incident with a detention officer.

McMahon told us he couldn’t elaborate on the details of what happened as it remains under investigation by the SBI.

Hewett had shown signs of instability before.

During recorded phone calls at the peak of an investigation into his conduct.

“Ain’t no bringin’ me back up,” Hewett said in one of those recordings released in 2008. “I’m looking for a bank robbery in (expletive) progress. That’s what I want.”

Hewett was implying he was considering suicide or that he might die in a shoot-out.

McMahon said the Hewett he remembered was not the Hewett he saw in jail.

“The Ron Hewett that I knew was probably what the majority of the community knew,” McMahon said. “A man who had given most of his life to the community to help keep it safe.”

An autopsy was performed Monday. Hewett’s cause of death remains unknown.

The 911 calls never mention Hewett’s name but were given to us after a request for the audio related to Hewett’s death.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Science will disclose the TRUTH

Quote from WWAYTV3 reporter (per telecast):

“An initial release says Ron Hewett died around 2PM. The first 911 call from the jail didn’t come in until 2:57PM. A Sheriffs Department spokesperson said it is unclear exactly when Hewett died but it was sometime between 2 and 3PM.”

Let’s get down to common sense fellow citizens:

Do we really think you can make a 911 call at 2:57, talk for a few minutes, – THERES NOT ENOUGH TIME for this EVENT TO MANIFEST PER THE NHC SHERIFFS DEPT. 911 CALL – DO THE MATH YOURSELF!

Let’s break it down:

Quote of 911 audio:

NHC Jail: “We need EMS 1018 for an inmate” (per 911 audio)
911 Dispatcher: “Ok, what’s the medical complaint?”
NHC Jail: “Ahhhh, I think its a suicide attempt”
911 Dispatcher: “10-4, call reference to a suicidal attempt at the jail”
911 Dispatcher: Okay, does he have any weapons or anything like that?”
NHC Jail: “Ahhhhh, unknown”
911 Dispatcher: “OK”

When ever you HEAR audio recording with the words: “Ahhhhhh”, you can surly tell yourself a LIE is being told – ask any FBI agent regarding this factual data per historical records and the training of Interrogation for our Law Officials…..

In my opinion, this is what happened:

1. Ronald died around 2PM:
2. Shortly afterwards, The Chief NHC Jailer called Sheriff Ed McMahon
3. Ed McMahon spoke to NHC legal council
4. Ed McMahon was directed to advise the NHC Communication Staff how to proceed
5. The 911 call was placed per NHC Ed McMahon’s direction

FACTUAL: A in depth and scientific autopsy can show the EXACT time of DEATH – to the millisecond…..DO THE RESEARCH and you will see this is factual indeed!

2015 years 8 months ago

So when is his autopsy going to be done?

2015 years 8 months ago

I think some policies need to be look at after hearing the recording ems should have been dispatched immediately being the call clearly identifies he’s was a jailer and even used standard ten codes over the phone. Secondly I known 911 has to go through all those questions for some or all medical emergencies but being an officer is calling it in they shouldn’t hold the call up because he may not have all those answers or any of them. All he knew is someone higher ranking told central control to call 911 and request ems 1018 which mean emergency traffic. Being the phone number and all shows up as the jail I think they should consider some changes for communications by 911 because I usedto listen to scanners all the time and when they called for ems over radio they don’t go through all those question they may ask what type of injury but that is all or if they we breathing.

2015 years 8 months ago

Smells like murder at in New Hanover County Jail and smells like a Huge Coverup is in progress. The whole bunch of them good old boys are corrupt. We have a deputy who is obviously a duh and has no clue what he is doing. Tased and then committed suicide, wonder which part of Ben Davids Office came up with that one ?

2015 years 8 months ago

“An autopsy was performed Monday. Hewett’s cause of death remains unknown.” It’s in the article.